East Millsboro Elementary School is partnering with a local landscaping company this spring to give second-grade students a unique lesson on soil science.
RSC Landscaping and East Coast Garden Center in Millsboro will provide each of the school’s approximately 120 second-grade students with an aloe plant to take home. In addition, every second-grade classroom will receive an aloe plant to grow and care for as a class. The program connects with the school’s second-grade unit on soil science.
“We are excited to work with RSC and East Coast Garden Center as a way to connect learning to the real world,” East Millsboro Principal Kelly Dorman said. “It’s nice to have that school and community connection, and at the same time have the connection to learning.”
RSC hosted a kickoff assembly at East Millsboro Elementary March 1. Employees will distribute aloe plants to students and provide proper care instructions. Students will spend the next two months monitoring and recording the growth of their plants at home and in the classroom. They will compare and analyze these growth rates as part of their soil science lessons.
RSC will host a closing assembly Friday, May 3, to award prizes to the classrooms and students who did the best job of caring for their aloe plants.
Prizes include gardening supplies, a limo ride to East Coast Garden Center and a guided tour of the facility.