PHOTOS: Growing in the classroom
It was an educational end to a fun few weeks of learning.
The students at Ecole Crescentview School in Portage la Prairie took part in a four-week farming program that culminated with a farmers market held over two days last week showcasing what the children had learned.
“We held a kickoff assembly in January to introduce a school-wide theme on farming,” says vice-principal, Sheila Henderson. “All 452 children were involved and each grade was given a certain topic to explore and research. They then had to create a final project of their choice, and we decided why not show their hard work off to parents.”
Kindergarten students were awarded trees as their subject and even had folks from Vanstone Nurseries stop in and share their knowledge. Children in Grade 1 were focused on dairy farming and they also had a few visitors stop in to educate the students on the nuances of the industry. Grade 3 students were focused on the gifts that farming brings, while Grade 4 students looked at food waste and how it can be prevented.
“The first week was front-loading information about each grade’s topic,” says Henderson. “Then students started researching their own information and created their final project. We had everything set up like a market. We had ice cream, fresh flowers, and displays with all the kids’ work they had done on their topics.”
Henderson adds people could even purchase items from the farmers market as students earned farm bucks through the course which were redeemable at the farmers market. Jamor farms, Mil Jeanne Flowers, and Portage Supermarket all helped with the setup of the market by generously donating food, flowers, and other accessories.