Westfield Kindergarteners Plant Bulbs in Hopes of Colorful Spring

Parent volunteer Stanley Bonczek helps students from Mrs. Trish Corcoran's afternoon Kindergarten class plant bulbs at Lincoln School. Credits: Jill D'Ambrosio
Stanley Bonczek (left) shows students from Mrs. Linda Steele's afternoon Kindergarten class one of the bulbs they will plant. Kindergarten dad and parent volunteer Terry Hegarty (right) listens before digging in with the kids. Credits: Jill D'Ambrosio

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Under a bright blue October sky, Kindergarteners at Lincoln Elementary School took part in a fall tradition on Tuesday when they planted bulbs in front of the school in hopes of colorful blooms come spring.

With the help of several parent volunteers, children in both morning and afternoon classes took turns digging small holes and dropping in one bulb each, then covering them with dirt.

The tulip, crocus and giant allium bulbs that the children planted were donated by Williams Nursery, according to Diana Hegarty, who organized the event, adding that she appreciated the nursery’s generosity.

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Hegarty said she hopes that the children will feel a sense of excitement as they wait to see the bulbs flower in the spring.

“I hope they get a feel for how things grow,” she said.

Five-year-old Mark Serra, a student in Mrs. Trish Corcoran’s afternoon class, had never planted bulbs before. He said his favorite part of the activity was digging the hole.

“And then we had buried it,” Mark said.

Sitting on the school’s front lawn after the planting, Mark’s mom, Katharine Serra, who came to the event to take pictures for the school’s yearbook, spoke with her son and said the next part of the process involved “watching” and “being patient.”

After the planting, the children spread out on blankets in the sunshine and listened to Hegarty read a story, and Corcoran took her students on a short nature walk around the school.

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