Wellington 6th graders get their hands dirty at 2nd annual ‘Pollinator’ event

first_imgby Brandon Wilmoth, Special to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington sixth graders got their hands dirty at the second annual pollinator event. The event was sponsored by the local Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Chapter Wheat Country. The sixth grade team of teachers and students marched from WMS to behind the 9th Street baseball field to plant wild flowers, learn about bees, butterflies and the outdoors. This year the team of teachers worked together to create a cross curriculum event hitting several subjects. Before the day of the pollinator event the students had already visited the site on a Bio Blitz to study the current plant life, insects and wildlife.In math, they measured out the plot to the correct size based on the amount of seeds ordered. Students participated in a coloring contest of two different habitat scenes which the winner earned cold hard cash out of Mr. Wilmoth’s pocket and Regent movie tickets.The day of the Pollinator event the 6th graders moved through several stations learning about different topics. Mr. Newberry talked about his bees and why the flowers are essential to their sustainability. Mrs. Fike created a food web with each group.   Mrs. Wasser used Kool-aid to help kids learn pollination.  Mr. Jenkins lead each group to prepare the plot for seeding. Mrs. Brown helped the students create several seed balls they planted in the plot.  Mr. Wilmoth discussed outdoor activates, the new archery program coming to USD 353 and Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever mission. As a post wrap up from the morning of many great activities and getting their hands dirty, each student created a Pollinator brochure to share with family and friends.“It took a lot of prep work from several different people to get this going and it was great for the kids. I want thank everyone who helped and especially the Local Pheasants/Quail Forever Chapter as they covered the expense and preparation of the area for the event” said Mr. Wilmoth 6th grade social studies teacher and Kansas Outreach Coordinator for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. Thank you to Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, Wheat Country PF/QF chapter, the Rick Jones family for the use of the sprayer, Holly Shutt Pheasants Forever Sr. Biologist for creating a seed mix that would work in our area, the high school trap shooting team for sending down assistance, all the 6th grade teachers and team members, Mr. Newberry, Samson Ledesma of Salty Media House, Steve Sturgis and the national sponsor for Pollinator events across the country, Cabelas Outdoor Fund, Dupont Pioneer and Bayer Bee Care.last_img

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