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From the Trumbull Times: Students Learn What They Can Do To Help The Frog
Pictured are students from Jane Ryan School: Dean Chamberlin, Evelyn Montagnino a member of the Long Hill Garden Club who taught some of the lessons, Nahir Ali-Chicaiza and Elliana Pappa.
The third grade students in some of the elementary schools in Trumbull were taught a lesson about the possible plight of frogs which may become part of the endangered species list. Studying ecosystems and the food chain of animals is part of the science curriculum.
The lessons were centered around a book called, The Frightened Frog, an Environmental Tale, written by Brenda Moore and Jean Ohlmann who are members of the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
The book discusses why frogs are important, how they have come to the point of becoming endangered, and what we can do to help prevent this from happening. As part of their lesson, the children made posters to show what we can do to help our friend the frog.
Each elementary school media center will receive a copy of this book from the Long Hill Garden Club to add to its collection.
Cheshire Garden Club Helps Dodd Middle School Get in the Spirit of the Season
Members of the Dodd Middle School’s garden club in Cheshire under the direction
Cheshire Garden Club and Dodd Middle School Students
Students of the Dodd Middle School Garden Club in Cheshire celebrated their accomplishments with
Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest Winner
Sponsored by the Wallingford Garden Club, five-year old Paige Twohill entered the National Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl
Poetry Reception for 2013 Contest Entrants
Colchester students in attendance at the Poets Reception hosted by the Colchester Garden Club who participated in the National Garden Clubs 2013 Youth Poetry Contest, “ Preserving and Conserving Natural Resources.” From left to right:
April is National Poetry Month and the Colchester Garden Club held a reception to celebrate the local entrants of the 2013 National Garden Clubs Youth Poetry Contest. Twelve students representing the Colchester school system and home schooling participated.
Each year the National Garden Clubs, Inc., selects a theme to encourage youth to think about and express their thoughts on a particular important issue facing our community, nation and world. The 2013 theme was Preserving and Conserving Natural Resources. Jacqueline Connell, President of the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, representing over 100 state garden clubs with over 7,000 members, attended the event on April 5, 2014, congratulating the student poets on their creative efforts. She acknowledged all of the entrants with a special Certificate.
Winners at the state level included Noel Gagne Lemay (2nd place), Shane Gagne Lemay (first place), Annie Hageman (first place), Cassandra Bernier (first place) and Antonia Jascowski (first place). The first place winners also won at the New England Regional including all six states, and their poems have been forwarded for judging at the national level by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. The Colchester Garden Club presented to each of the student poets a large colorful recyclable shopping bag generously donated by Whole Foods Markets in Glastonbury to reinforce the importance of reducing the use of plastic and paper bags by using reusable bags.
The Colchester Garden Club has recently announced the start of the 2014 National Garden Clubs, Inc., Youth Poetry Contest with the theme of "Good Stewards of Our Earth." Contest details may be picked up at the Cragin Memorial Library Children’s Department or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colchester Garden Club Recognizes Young Poets
Young poets recently received recognition from the Colchester Garden Club (CGC) for their participation in the National Garden Clubs Inc. 2012 Poetry Contest, “Protecting Our Aquatic Friends." At the CGC reception held at Cohen Woodlands, the children read their poems, received Certificates of Appreciation from The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, inc., and were given reusable beverage bottles from the Colchester Garden Club. Posing with Barbara Gilbert, Director of Curriculum-Colchester Schools, Avis Hull, CGC member and their families, the young poets holding certificates are (left to right) Avery, Alicia Rose, Joselyn, Noel, and Shane. Additional young poets unable to attend included: Evelena and Jennifer.
Photo by Katherine Kosiba
Garden Club Collaborates with Scouts in Colchester
On Sunday, November 3, 2013, four girls of Daisy troop 63048 worked with me and two of their leaders to plant crocus and scented daffodil bulbs on the north and northwest side of the Cragin Memorial Library. The cost of the bulbs was funded from the gift donation by Colchester residents, Tim and Leslie Curtis.
The first grade Daisies each held a bulb to look at it closely, then learned about the bulbs - which side sprouted the stem, leaves and flower and which side pushed out the roots to help it grow and thrive, and how to plant the bulbs properly..
The youngsters put the bulbs in the ground, covered up the bulbs with soil, then raked back the mulch. The sidewalk was swept. The girls assisted with clean up by carrying the tools and supplies to the respective automobiles. There was one final photo with the group of very happy Daisies completing this project so well!
The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc., through National Garden Clubs, promotes opportunities for youth involvement. We have youth garden clubs, sponsored and mentored by adult clubs in their area. Click here for great ideas for youth activities groups. We sponsor poster contests, speech and essay contests, and poetry contests. Information and contest forms are provided in the Education section of the National Garden Clubs website.
A World of Discovery!
Gardening opens an amazing world of discovery for children. It is a world where they can explore, enjoy and learn about the wonders nature has to offer. Through gardening activities, they will witness first hand how plants, animals, insects and humans interact with each other.
Let's share our knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm as we ignite that spark of interest and love of gardening in children. For what child can ever resist the sheer fun of "digging in the dirt"
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