A Richmond elementary class is taking part in a flower planting competition alongside more than 2,000 schools around the world.
The Grade 5 and 6 split class at Blundell elementary, under the guidance of resource teacher Lyllia Smith, joined the Bulb4Kids project for the first time this year.
Bulb4Kids is a program for students to become familiar with flower bulbs and the world of nature in a fun way.
Blundell elementary is one of 150 classes in Canada and among more than 2,000 classes from the Netherlands, Germany, England, France and Sweden taking part in the project and competition for the Golden Bulb Prize.
The prize is given to classrooms with the most beautiful flower bulb garden.
Smith said the project is a great way for students to spend more time outdoors and engage with nature.
“Not only do the students get to spend some time outdoors, but they need to work together to plan out and plant both garden beds,” said Smith, adding the class received the bulbs and growing kits and started planting in November.
They will continue to care and watch over the flower beds filled with tulips, crocuses, daffodils and grape hyacinths at school in the spring.
“All of these activities involve community building within the classroom while caring for our school. Finally, it’s very exciting for the students to be a part of a worldwide competition,” said Smith.
She added they plan to plant different fruits and vegetables in their school gardens to use for healthy meals as well.
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