Green Thumb Fun

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Within the heart of Slocum Elementary’s courtyard, second- through fifth-grade students are gaining valuable skills as they work with the community to plant flowers and maintain a clean environment as part of the after-school Gardening Club.

The initiative, spearheaded by Connetquot Central School District Speech and Language pathologist Tina Rote and Slocum Elementary School kindergarten teacher Linda Pennington, teaches students about proper planting techniques, how to maintain an eco-friendly environment and the life cycles of flowers – including perennials and annuals – as well as vegetables such as cucumbers, squash and radishes. The students meet for five sessions in the fall and five sessions in the spring season, and work together to plant vegetables and flowers which will ultimately be taken home by families of the school community once they’re in full bloom.

The effort is supported by several outside individuals and organizations, including but not limited to Slocum Elementary School PTA’s annual Chinese auction event. PTA President Kimberly Ungro also contributed new picnic tables and accompanying umbrellas. Additionally, the Connetquot Foundation for the Advancement of Children has also provided grant funding, which has supplied the gardens with a beautiful aluminum greenhouse and a newly installed irrigation system for maintaining healthy plants.