UNION, NJ – Pre-K students at Connecticut Farms Elementary School got their hands dirty this week as they planted some flowers in the new Pre-K flower bed.

The morning Pre-K class of 15 students and the afternoon class with 11 students had an opportunity to plant a variety of flowers into the flower bed and mark the plant with a stick containing their name.

“This was an unused sand box,” said Pre-K teacher Rosa Figueiredo.  “We were able to turn it into a flower bed.  The students helped put the soil down and now we’re planting the flowers.”

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Figueiredo said the soil was donated by the Home Depot and she and the PTA donated the flowers.  She and class assistant Maryanne Purcell talked with the students about what a flower needs.  “We discussed the planting process, water and sunshine,” said Figueiredo.  “And we talked about the different parts of a flower:  the petals, roots, leaves.”   

Figueiredo said they will be adding additional annuals and will plant tulips in the fall.