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'It's fun because we're helping people'

Krystle Wagner • Jun 5, 2018 at 2:00 PM

SPRING LAKE — Holmes Elementary School students were rolling up their sleeves Monday afternoon.

They transported plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers and sunflowers into the garden at The People Center in Spring Lake.

Since March, the Holmes students have tended to the seeds they planted in the greenhouse at the school. Now that the weather has warmed up, they are transplanting 80 plants, said Student Council lead teachers Caroline Highhill and Katie Devries.

The community donated the funds a few years ago to build a greenhouse at the elementary building. Since then, Highhill and Devries said the school decided to use the gift as a way to do good for others.

The garden is run by eighth-grader Emma Wahlberg as her Girl Scout project, Highhill and Devries said. Families will take care of the garden during the summer.

Once the students arrived at The People Center, they split into groups to weed, prepare the soil and plant.

Compared to last week’s hot temperatures, third-grader Megan Beck said Monday’s weather made it a “great day” to add the new plants.

Another third-grader, Zozzy Chalupa, said they planted it for a “good cause” and she feels happy that people will have access to fresh food.

As third-grader David Barber removed weeds, he said he thought it was “cool” to help out.

“It’s fun because we’re helping people,” added third-grader Tyler Bolhuis.

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