The Pre-Kindergarten Carton2Garden Project was a very successful venture for our students. They learned about recycling, sustainability, and the process of gardening. In addition, they worked collaboratively to create an object to depict our theme. This project was unique to Hutchison because, after all, we are the “Honeybees.” The availability of the garden and farm is another unique aspect of our project. Our horticulturist, Meggan Meakin, guided us with an informational talk and video about bee pollination, the creation of honey, and the planting of biodegradable milk cartons for the garden. The girls learned that planting in these cartons, collected from our dining hall, was an easy way for them to participate in recycling and re-purposing materials. The girls loved the idea of providing flowers for pollination and nectar to create honey in our bee hive at the farm. They created a big bee with the milk cartons, incorporating STEM skills of measuring, estimating, counting, and planning the bee design. Finally, the girls actively planted the flowers in the garden space and determined the materials needed to produce healthy, vibrant flowers for the bees.
Recycling of everyday materials taught valuable lessons in sustainability of our earth while re-purposing containers we use every day. This process and project also encouraged the importance of recycling at home while eating and drinking healthy and nutritious foods and beverages.