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Riverside Little Green Thumbs present class-grown crops to family

The Little Green Thumbs, their teachers Ms. Reid and Ms. Browne, and representatives from some of the program co-sponsors, SubC Imaging Chad Collett and Adam Rowe.
The Little Green Thumbs, their teachers Ms. Reid and Ms. Browne, and representatives from some of the program co-sponsors, SubC Imaging Chad Collett and Adam Rowe.

SHOAL HARBOUR, N.L. — Earlier this school year, Ms. Krista Browne’s Grade 2-3 class and Ms. Tula Reid’s Kindergarten class at Riverside Elementary both were designated as “Little Green Thumbs”, growing vegetables in their classrooms to learn about science, as well as healthy eating and agriculture.

While growing their vegetables, students kept journals, and presented their work to parents and family by explaining the process, singing a song, showing a slideshow and offering vegetables to eat.

Now, as part of a year-end harvest celebration, the classes hosted their parents and families and showed off all their hard work.

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They enjoyed a feast of home grown salad, pesto pasta made from some basil, tomatoes, cucumber, and even purple pole-beans.
The Little Green Thumbs program required the students to log their learning in a journal.
“They planted it, they grew it, they ate it, and now, they share it,” explained Reid.
Many of the students said their favourite part was tasting what they grew, and others said they were surprised when growing things like the pole-beans.
The program was sponsored by Agriculture in the Classroom NL for the Grade 2-3 class, and SubC Imaging and Eastern Health’s Wellness Coalition for the Kindergartners.
Riverside principal Peter Hackett says they’re even trying to expand the spirit of the program by having outdoor gardens and encouraging the kids to get out and grow vegetables.
“You can’t get any better science program than this,” he said.

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