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SDSS 'Young Growers' program reaches out to elementary students

April 29, 2015

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Welcome to SDSS greenhouse and classroom



Teacher Keith Day (L) explains the class and events

Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) is one of the few fortunate schools that has a dedicated program to horticulture and a teacher, Keith Day, who is committed to teaching the value of plant and insect life.

SDSS Greenhouse

Fortunately, for the program, there are sponsors from the local business community who also realize the value of horticulture and how plants add to the quality of life.

Noella (L), Vanessa Cation & Payge plant seeds

Plant jokes kept everyone laughing

SDSS greenhouse continues to educate not only high school students but has also evolved into getting elementary school students involved in the ongoing science of biology through the cultivation of plants and how insects help maintain a healthy plant environment.  The science project is now more than 30 years old.

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A key sponsor is Mowbray's Canadian Tire Saugeen Shores



A fun time for all!

The elementary students planted seeds and will take their plantings back to their school where they will watch them grow.  They then have the choice of planting the new plant shoots at their school or taking them home.

Each year, the school greenhouse that has cultivated plants throughout the winter, holds a community plant sale throughout the month of May that raises funds which all go back into the program as it is not supported in any way by government funding.

The students in the program also work growing and creating special plantings and hanging baskets that enhance the downtown cores of both Port Elgin and Southampton in the municipality.

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