Saturday, May 30, 2015

Spreading the Word- Save the Monarch

We would like to thank Reese's Plants in Blythewood for their generous donations to our Pollinator Gardens.  This article in The Country Chronicle is helping our students to spread the word....."Help Us Save The Monarchs"

Monday, May 18, 2015

Letter from SC Governor!

Wow, what a surprise......this morning we received a letter from SC Governor, Nikki Haley thanking my students for their efforts to save the endangered Monarch Butterfly & honeybee.  The kids and I definitely did the "Happy Dance" when we read this.  What an honor.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Exciting Day!

Today we received our garden wall blocks from Lowes.  As the big semi truck pulled up and Paul began driving the pallets of blocks to our site, students came to windows to watch the big delivery. The students faces lit up and they ran out to see the highly anticipated garden wall blocks we ordered.. Immediately, students unwrapped the plastic before I could even take pictures saying, "Remember Miss Mauney what you say, 'Time is money."

We thank the Lowes on Killian Road for all of their support with this project.  Manager, Miss Betty, made this purchase possible by discounting the stones for us and delivering everything at no cost. Her staff have been so helpful and supportive through this whole process.  We also thank Paul for his awesome driving and delivery skills parking the pallets of very heavy stones and bags of soil right in the middle of our garden area.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hi Ho Hi Ho...A Digging We Will Go

For the past 2 days students have been working hard to dig up all the grass and weeds to prepare our garden beds which cover approximately 900 square feet.  As we carry the shovels and rakes out to the garden, students have begun singing the 7 Dwarfs classic," Heigh Ho" song and creating their own garden appropriate lyrics.  This is very hard work, but we're making it as enjoyable as possible, even if we sing off key.  The kids have been troopers sweating temperatures in the 90's with full sun and lots of humidity. Unfortunately the soil is mostly hard clay which makes the digging slower and more difficult so singing, dance parties, jokes, and conversation make our time together full of memories.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Monarch, Milkweed, and Migration (3M) Project

Exciting news. One of our partners, The University of South Carolina, has included a link to our blog on their website! Check out the link below for more information about our Monarch, Milkweed, and Migration (3M) Project:

Friday, May 8, 2015

Busy As Bees

Today we thank Mr. Sabritt Cathcart for  picking up & delivering a truck load of mulch from the Fairfield County Recycling Center to our garden plot.  His grandson, Carter Cathcart, and  Easton Catoe quickly unloaded  the entire truck load. The entire Cathcart family has helped our project tremendously and we thank them all.

In the pictures below, students work together to create temporary garden boxes for our seedlings to spread their roots while they await construction of their final home.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WLTX Amicia Ramsey Visited

Special Garden to Save Monarch Butterflies

 A group of middle school students are hoping save Monarch butteries with the creation of a special garden.
 Check out this story on WLTX.com: 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hands on Science

Today we learned about overcrowded plants and how to deadhead flowering plants.  The kids understood the importance of the roots and then we discussed the process of pollination and seed formation.  I enjoyed watching how tenderly the students handled each flower and were meticulous about when and where to cut the spent blooms.  One student said, " I'm a flower neurosurgeon!" My students have taken ownership of  these living things and it's a beautiful thing to experience.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Thrilling Thursday

This morning my students got "goose" bumps when they saw this visitor at our bird feeder. 

  • We thank Julie Cooper's family for driving downtown to get our first truckload of compost donated from the City of Columbia!
  • We also staked out the perimeter of our garden site today.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day

The students came to class saying, " We're doing Earth Day EVERY day in this class." What a wonderful feeling to hear those words from this generation! 

We enjoyed the beautifully sunny and very windy day today on our garden site.  The Castelli family donated some root balls from their Butterfly Bushes so we got to work transplanting them into their temporary home and giving them plenty of TLC.  We also used recycled plastic bottles to create containers for our seedlings that we'll thin out tomorrow. We'd like to thank the following people for their generous donations.  We will not be able to do this project without the kindness of our parents and the community.
Verbena and gloves – Beth Nettles
Home Depot gift card – Christian Flynn-Hill
Castelli Buterfly Bush rootings

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Keep Those Donations Coming

The Mustang Spirit is evident at Muller Road.  We thank the Castelli, Cathcart, Enders, and McMaster families for their generous donations which allowed us to buy much needed garden soil and our first beautiful flowers for the pollinators.  The kids were thrilled to see all the "real" flowers as they called them. The only things they'd previously see are the hundreds of seedings we've grown.in our classroom.  Mother Nature has blessed us with sun and the flowers are sitting on our patio and soaking it in.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Finally Sun!

Today we were finally able to get out to the site and take measurements for our site map. Yippee!! The kids braved the mud puddles and swampy areas and did a wonderful job collecting and recording our first set of measurements. We also planted some more Zinnia, Milkweed, and wildflower seeds in our classroom greenhouses.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fantastic Friday

Hi, my name is Tyra and I am a student blogger for 3rd period Environmental Science. Today our class collected data for our "Current Garden Site Survey" like taking pictures and measurements. We took pictures of how our site conditions looked now so we know what we need to do before we can build our garden. We recorded areas that were sunny and we also marked shady areas, puddles, and areas that flooded from all the rain we had. The ground was muddy and we were sliding and falling in it, but the sky was so sunny that we stood under the trees. It was a fantastic day.