Some of the students were lucky enough to get to experience their art class outside where they focused on creating mosaics. They used various artifacts of nature, such as small trunks or square pieces of wood, to use as a base for their creations. On their canvases, the children were able to choose from a variety of small colored glass marbles, squares, and various shapes to glue onto them. Despite the cold, the children were completely engrossed in their projects and were so proud of what they created. They all had huge smiles on their faces and really showed great teamwork and compassion by working together with one another and sharing materials to help their friends and neighbors to finish their art in time.
To finish off this fun and education-filled day, a fellow student’s mom came to teach a class about seeds. She provided the students with “mystery seeds” and they were able to guess where the seeds came from. Following this, they learned all about the components of seeds, where they come from, and how they grow. They were even able to create their own seed packets, the seeds provided by Punita, to be able to sell at the schools Farmer’s Market. The room sounded of laughter and enjoyment, and the students really got into the lesson. They were able to do hands-on learning and they were so engrossed in the subject they were learning about. I love being able to come to Mallinckrodt every Wednesday to see all of the progress that Gateway Greening is making with the children.
-Kaitlin Cilufo, Dietetic Intern