Recently, Dr. David Chevalier, Chair of Biology at East Georgia State College, visited Annie Barua’s class at Jenkins County Elementary School in Millen. Barua is a special education elementary school teacher.
To illustrate a lesson plan on plants, Dr. Chevalier brought soil and seeds for the elementary students to plant and grow. Students first removed weeds from two beds and then sowed several vegetable seeds including tomato, carrot, onion, basil and cilantro. Students planned to check the plants over the next few weeks, and even planted wild flowers in pots for Mother’s Day gifts.
“Dr. Chevalier’s visit to JCES was educational and fun,” said Barua. “The students were able to experience hands on learning about soil, plants and gardening. The students had a great time assisting Dr. Chevalier with the gardening process and enjoyed getting their hands dirty. We would love to have Dr. Chevalier come back for another visit!”
Students remarked that they had fun planting flowers for Mother’s Day, getting their hands dirty, and even pulling out weeds.
“I always enjoy visiting local schools and teaching students how to sow seeds and take care of plants,” said Dr. Chevalier. “I strongly believe in the importance of reaching out to local communities, especially local students, to provide educational outreach.”