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Tulip planting at WES reaches 15th year

posted Nov 28, 2018, 4:11 AM by Michael Richards
On November 18, shortly before snow and colder temperatures arrived, kindergarten students at Wells Elementary School emerged from their classrooms to plant tulip and daffodil bulbs in the school’s courtyard area.  Over the years, this brief introduction to gardening for the school’s youngest has become a late fall tradition.

As in previous years, the bulbs were purchased by the PTSA and the planting was planned and organized by Community Resource Coordinator Maryanne Foley. According to Foley, about 120 holes for the bulbs were pre-dug by school volunteers Allyson Barry, Casey Welch, and Lindsey Jenkins.

Since the fall of 2003, kindergarteners have been burying tulips in anticipation of seeing “their own” bulb ─ each child gets one to plant ─ bloom and add to the color of springtime around the school.  Over the past 15 years, this age group has also planted alliums, crocus and hyacinth in varying locations on school grounds.  This year, WES has 97 kindergarten and 13 pre-kindergarten students enrolled. 
Students planting tulips
Kindergarten students planting tulip and daffodil bulbs near the entrance to Wells Elementary School.
Students preparing gardens

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