Since 1984, the Harbor Island Garden Club has sponsored a junior gardening club - called Rooty Rascals - at Wrightsville Beach Elementary, a K-5 elementary school located on the island of Wrightsville Beach. We work with fifth graders during a year-long, award-winning program to teach them about native plants, gardening, birding, butterflies, and environmental consciousness. We also make boutonnieres and corsages for each student to wear at their 5th grade graduation. Here's what we're up to now:
After a year spent learning about plastic and its effects on the environment, the fifth graders presented a Plastics Expo to the students at Wrightsville Beach Elementary. The Harbor Island Garden Club and Rooty Rascals supported the Fashion Show. Every outfit was made from plastic materials found on our local beach. The main message: no natural elements break down plastic, so it never goes away. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE and REFUSE. We're so proud of our Rooty Rascals!
Cape Fear Festival of Trees
Rooty Rascals sponsored a Christmas Tree for the Festival of Trees supporting the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation. The fifth graders created handmade ornaments from recycled materials and decorated the tree with support from Harbor Island Garden Club members. We are so proud of them!
North Carolina District 11 Meeting
MAKING HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS
MAKING RAIN CHAINS AT WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH ELEMENTARY TO GROW COLD WEATHER LETTUCE
FIELD TRIP TO HARBOR WAY GARDENS
FIELD TRIP TO AIRLIE GARDENS