Students celebrate harvest with garden party

gurganus garden

Nazyer Martinez, below, and Lily Lentz, both third-graders at W.J. Gurganus Elementary School in Havelock, explain their class garden to Thom Styron, president of the Board of Directors for Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative. A cooperative Bright Ideas grant paid for the class to grow the garden.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 05:45 PM.

Third-graders at W.J. Gurganus Elementary School didn’t exactly enjoy the fruits of their labor. Instead, they enjoyed the cucumbers, carrots, squash and lettuce they grew in their garden.

Students in Ashley Alicea’s third-grade class celebrated the harvest of their garden by eating the bounty it produced during a special garden party last week at the school.

Alicea came up with the concept of having the students grow a garden and acquired the needed materials through a Bright Ideas grant from the Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative Foundation.

Thom Styron, president of the Carteret-Craven Board of Directors, and Arland Bell, past president, were invited guests.

"This is what we need in education, excited students," Styron said as students Nazyer Martinez and Lily Lentz took the pair on a tour of the garden located outside Alicea’s classroom. "You see the enthusiasm they have when it comes to learning. You see the light bulbs come on."

The project also helped grow the minds of the young students.

"I thought it was pretty cool learning how plants live and how you have to take care of them," Lentz said. "The plant grows better when you put all your hard work into it."

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