Chaney sixth graders join forces with Mill Creek MetroPark’s and author Dar Hosta to create a children’s book. Entitled, A Walk in the Gardens, the book showcases their artwork and poems.
( The goal is to help educate both these students, in the process but greater the importance of a public garden in a community and this pertains to any city across the country.)
That’s Keith Kaiser, horticultural director at the gardens. He says students come to the gardens to gain a deeper understanding of plant life and how things grow.
(They looked and they saw and they learned about the gardens. They stopped at different stations or different areas in the gardens and then in their mind was what’s this place or their supposed to be learning what’s this place about.)
Student, Terrell Benson, tells us about his time at the Gardens.
( I like the view of Youngstown. I like the strawberries that we got eat, we got to eat the flowers too. We got to smell em too and I like that big water fountain.)
Students wrote poems to correspond with their artwork.
(When you was rhyming and like… I like everyone’s poems there were really nice.)
Sixth grader La’Rayja Hill has taken her first step to achieving her big dreams of publishing again.
(I’m excited to get another book because I have never made another book in my life.)
Students created Collages to represent separate parts of the garden such as the Sommer Fountian, Davis Center, Terraces, and Family Garden.
(We used different kids of things we used sponges like ordinary things like sponges, forks, and like regular paint brushes.)
Though these children are only ages 11 to 12 they are all official authors and illustrators.
Kaiser sent two copies of the book to the White House.
(With Michelle Obamas initiative with children and their interest in gardening and getting them moving a little bit more we hope something will come out of it.)
Kaiser hopes the First Lady will promote the book on a grander scale.
He also hopes the book will help society to understand the importance of community gardens. A Walk in the Garden was released in April.
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