Making El Campo Beautiful By: Ryan Williamson

Seeds of learning are planted.

Growing the minds of students.

Blossoming into a garden that they can call their own.

Students of the horticulture class are engaging in hands-on learning through their campus beautification project as well as caring for their own vegetable garden. After Mr. Fuechec contacted Mrs. Zahn, the teacher of the horticulture class, and informed her that there would be open flower beds around AVS building, the class set out to beautify the area, planting pansies, dusty miller, and dianthus flowers in the gardens.

“We are going to switch out flowers for each season,” Zahn said. “When it warms up, we will start fresh with some springtime flowers.”

Zahn said that the beautification project has been greatly supported by the administration, and the class has even been asked to spread the project around the campus.

“Mr. Fuechec has been very supportive of the project and has even helped us get boulders for the central area of the school, which will be our next project,” Zahn said. “We are also going to plant close to the auditorium.”

According to junior Brianna Dorotik, the new gardens have improved the atmosphere on the campus.

“The gardens and flower beds beautify our campus by creating a vibrant and colorful place to learn,” Dorotik said. “It has also reduced the trash problem because more people want to keep the flowerbeds clean.”

Through planting the gardens, students learn the skills needed to plant their own gardens.

“I think they learn that anybody can have a garden,” Zahn said. “They learn that you just have to make the soil fertile as well as use the correct care for the plants as far as water and type of sun.”

Students of the class agree that the experience of planting the garden has been one of learning and growth.

“I learn more than just how to plant,” junior Megan Rek said. “I also learn how to take care of things. Not only does it bring out my green thumb, but it also brings out the nurturing side of me.”

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