Two teachers receive education grant from Long Hill Garden Club

Two Trumbull teachers were the recipients of the Long Hill Garden Club’s Education Grant which is given yearly to an elementary school teacher to fund a project dealing with plants, animal habitats, conservation, the environment or ecology.

Library Media Specialist Ellen Albro at Frenchtown School, will purchase 25 of each iPad application for existing iPads. The first grade science curriculum includes the study of plants and the two apps will allow a class to better understand the life cycle of plants together. Plants HD covers topics of seeds, germination, pollination, flowers, trees, fruits and seed dispersal. It incorporates stories read to the children, a game to learn the life process, and quizzes to test their knowledge. The Happy Little Farmer teaches students the life cycle of plants.

Kindergarten teacher Ellen Farrell at Middlebrook School, sees the all day kindergarten program as an opportunity to revise and renew the science curriculum. Her objective is to create a Kindergarten Garden outside each kindergarten classroom.

The grant money will provide perennials, annuals, herbs, soil, tools and other supplies. The garden will allow the students to wonder, predict, observe and record the world around them and the changes that occur in their natural environment. It will help students gain a respect for their environment and the essential role gardens play in our planet’s health and ecosystem.