WKCTC hosts literacy, horticulture event for 2nd and 3rd graders | Schools
PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - Lone Oak Elementary School student GiGi Straley was one of over 400 second and third graders who learned about the importance of literacy and the science of horticulture at West Kentucky Community and Technical College on April 16.
“I learned about gardens, flowers, taking care of plants, and that illustrations in books are important because they make it easier to understand a story,” Straley said.
That fits perfectly into what this event was all about, said Kimberly Russell, WKCTC English Coordinator, Director of WKCTC’s Focus on Reading program, and the event’s co-organizer.
“This was a fun and unique way to address the core standards of Language Arts in elementary schools,” said Russell. “We wanted to make the students feel comfortable on our campus and encourage them to grow up to be great readers, writers, and gardeners.”
Students met author Herbert Martin and listened as he read from his book In the Garden. Martin, a gifted artist, also illustrated the book, which Russell said relates directly to one of the core standards by supporting the text a story tells.
“These children are learning things about literary devices such as similes and metaphors that I didn’t learn until I was in high school,” said Martin, who is also a retired WKCTC instructor. “It’s wonderful to be a part of such a great event that continues to encourage that learning process.”
Horticulturist Kathy Wimberley from the McCracken County Extension Office also taught the students about seeds and how they grow, which was a great connection to Martin’s storybook, according to Russell.
More than 20 WKCTC students, including student ambassadors and students majoring in education, participated in helping the children plant seeds during the presentation. The students took the seeds home and can “now use what they learned at WKCTC to properly care of their plants,” said Russell.
“Events like this one can help inform the community about the college resources, like the children’s literature collection in Matheson Library,” said WKCTC Resource Librarian and event co-organizer Amy Sullivan. “We take every opportunity to encourage the public to come and enjoy our children’s collection, which has books for infants through young adults."
McCracken County residents are encouraged to get a WKCTC library card and check out books for their children at the college library.
“We want to get children interested in reading early and keep that going for a lifetime,” Sullivan said.
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