Before the end of the school year, Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) greenhouse students are out in the community helping to beautify various facilities.
On Wednesday, June 6th, the students with teacher Keith Day, arrived at the Care Center in Southampton, armed with tools and plants to make a difference in the Centre’s courtyard.
The class will also be making stops at other seniors’ facilities in the community to bring n summer colour and help seniors enjoy the beauty of nature in their surroundings.
The Grade 11 and 12 students weeded, pruned and planted the gardens with plants grown in the SDSS greenhouse.
It is not only an improvement to the Care Centre grounds but also an opportunity for students to engage with an older population creating an intergenerational experience.
Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) greenhouse is a science project that has been in progress for almost 30 years.
“The students spend almost all their time in the greenhouse with hands-on experience,” says teacher Keith Day. “We have completed planters/hanging baskets for Southampton and Port Elgin as well as Bruce Power and it gives the students so much in the way of experience.”
The program has also meant that many students have gone on to post-secondary education in areas such as environmental sciences studies and horticulture.