Estes Elementary students and staff celebrated their inaugural Gardening Day on Thursday, April 13 starting at 9 a.m. Estes teacher Lauren Coomes has worked hard over the last couple years to bring agriculture to Estes.
“Many of our students aren’t exposed to farming because of where they live. Agriculture is such an important part of our community. I wanted to bring the country to them,” said Lauren Coomes, Estes teacher.
Students and staff have been planting seeds in pots and cups in their classrooms. Those seeds have sprouted and were ready to be moved to the garden behind the school. Students planted several vegetables and fruits like banana peppers, asparagus, cabbage, tomatoes and melons just to name a few.
“I can’t wait to get the seedling in the ground and watch what I’ve created grow. I hope it tastes good,” said Wesley Prude, Estes student.
All students have learned about agriculture through their classroom science curriculum. Teachers say being able to turn that curriculum into hands-on learning makes the knowledge stick with the students.
“It’s one thing to talk about plants and the importance of eating your fruits and vegetables. It’s a completely different experience when you’re actually growing and harvesting your food,” said Coomes.
Depending on how the crops pan out, students and staff are hoping to be able to eat some of the food in the cafeteria and maybe even sell some of it at the farmer’s market.
Area High School Students Mentor Estes Elementary
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Estes Elf on the Shelf
For the last three years, Estes Elementary School has had a special guest greet students in the morning around the holidays. On Monday, Dec. 12 from 7:25 a.m. to 8:05 a.m., the “Estes Elf On A Shelf” arrived to the school frozen with his friends in a pool. The elf is played by Estes curriculum facilitator Ryan Williams.
Kentucky education leaders attended the Leader In Me Symposium at the Owensboro Convention Center to learn effective ways to use the Leader In Me Program in their schools. As part of the conference, some of the leaders went on student led tours of Estes Elementary School.
A group of Owensboro Public Schools teachers have created a one-of-a-kind professional learning program for OPS teachers called DRIVE OPS. DRIVE stands for Developing Relationships and Inspiring Visionary Educators. The goal is to create a fellowship of teachers who inspire and empower others to improve teaching and learning in their schools.
No More Sitting Quietly at Your Desk at OPS