HES teacher completes course on integrating plants in classroom

Rachel Winter, a teacher at Hillsboro Elementary School, recently learned how to integrate plants into her classroom.

Winter completed ?Plants Have a Place in the Class?room,? sponsored by the Kan?sas Foundation for Agriculture in the Class?room June 3 and 4 in Man?hat?tan.

The course is designed to provide teachers with opportunities to incorporate plants-based lesson plans into their classrooms.

Teachers earned graduate credit provided through Friends University. Sedg?wick County Extension Service provided instructors for the course.

?We wanted to offer this class to showcase the importance and real-life applications of plants,? said Cathy Musick, KFAC executive director.

?Teachers who attend the course get an opportunity to learn how they can bring the garden indoors to teach their students about plants.?

Using a hands-on approach, the teachers are able to teach math, science, social studies and literature curriculum using plants as the teaching tool.

?This two-day workshop was jam-packed with ideas and information for using plants in the classroom,? Winter said. ?I learned so much. I am excited about plants and gardening.?

Students in the class received sponsorships provided by ICM Inc., Cargill and various county conservation districts and Farm Bureau associations.