On October 25, eleven members from the Chesapeake Bay Garden Club visited the five first grade classes at Northumberland Elementary School. The program is based on the book “The Saved Seed” by Brenda Moore and illustrated by Emily Lackey. The illustrations are beautiful and the book is well written. The book demonstrated how a pumpkin in the fall of year produces more pumpkins. When the seeds are scooped out, dried, and then planted in the spring, new pumpkins will grow on long vines to be enjoyed in the fall.
The members of the garden club split up into five groups. The groups each choose a classroom. Each group had a copy of the book to read to the children. The children loved the book. While the children were at lunch, newspaper was placed on desks that were arranged in groups of four. Each group received a pumpkin. Linda Hixon saw to it that the tops were cut off the pumpkins. The children got to put their hands into the pumpkins and pull out the seeds. The seeds were placed into a plastic dish.
The teachers kept some of the seeds, but Linda Hixon took most home to dry and plant the in a school garden in the spring. Hopefully, when the students return to school as second graders, they will see the pumpkins growing.
In the spring some of the members of CBGC will return to give lessons to the first graders again about seeds and how plants grow. The first graders will plant flower seeds in the garden along with the pumpkin seeds. During the summer, members from the garden club will water and weed the gardens for the students.
Everyone enjoyed working with the cooperative students. A special thank you goes out to Linda Hixon for organizing this event.
Northumberland Elementary School students had a blast learning about pumpkins and seeds.