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Albert Harris Elementary School students show some of the 600 cups with zinnias that were grown in the school greenhouse and then given to students Friday to take to their mothers for Mother's Day today. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

By TARA LUCAS - Bulletin Staff Writer

Mothers of Albert Harris Elementary School students will be reminded today that their children are growing — like zinnias.

The school received zinnia seeds during a plant and seed swap sponsored by the Martinsville Bulletin. The seeds were planted in the school’s greenhouse.

On Friday, about 600 cups planted with seeds, and some with seedlings sprouting in the soil, were distributed to students to take to their mothers, along with a poem, in honor of Mother’s Day.

According to Kathy Campbell, coordinator of the gifted program at Albert Harris, at the end of March, students had a lesson on the history of Mother’s Day. They created a timeline with the facts they learned, including: In 1872, Julia Howe, the author of “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” suggested Mother’s Day. In 1907, Ana Jarvis started a campaign to create Mother’s Day. Seven years later, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official.

At the same time, most of the students were learning about plant life as a requirement for the state Standards of Learning (SOL). Once the timeline was complete, the students planted the zinnia seeds.

“There’s a baby plant inside every seed,” Campbell told the students. She added that it will take up to 70 days for the plants to be in full blossom.

Campbell composed a poem titled “Mom” that students will give their mothers with the plants:

“This zinnia is growing, Just as I am, too;

With love and care, It will grow and blossom,

Just as I will do;

Happy Mother’s Day, I love you!”

Second-graders Tristin Pugh and Cheyenne Eldridge, both of Martinsville, were excited about having a gift for their mothers.

“She would love it and it would make her happy,” Tristin said of his mom, Mandy Pugh.

Cheyenne said she wanted to give her mother, Brandi Custer, a gift “because I love her and she gives me things.”

“We don’t know what color they will be or how much they will grow,” said Campbell. She compared the plants to the students because their potential cannot be estimated.

“It’s a surprise,” she said.


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