The project, which was planned as parts of classroom assignments in math, science, writing and social studies, was designed to focus on healthy habits. PLC students partnered with members of the Monroe Area High School Future Farmers of America to plant vegetables in the campus greenhouse and garden plot.
"The students really enjoyed being outside and working with the plants," said Kelly Howell, FFA advisor. "They had fun learning about gardening, which will be a great skill they can use their entire lives."
Once the plants were ready, students took them to the Boys & Girls Club in Monroe, where they worked with the younger students in a Healthy Choices Fair.
"I didn't know I liked yogurt," said Mikey, a third grader at the Boys & Girls Club. Debbie Jackson, a local caterer with A Better Bite in Monroe, volunteered to help with the snacks. "My goal was to let them try some things they might not have tasted before." she said. "We offered them dried fruit, yogurt, hummus, tomatoes, whole wheat pita bread, fresh-cut pineapple, blueberry juice and more."
At the end of the event, each child from the Boys & Girls Club was given a tomato plant to grow at home, a toothbrush and Dr. Seuss's "The Things You Can Do That Are Good For You," purchased for them through FirstBook.
"I liked working with the little kids," said Jasmine, a PLC student. "They looked up to us and we taught them something that was important for them to know."