Sunny View Elementary, Polk County FFA partner to beautify campus

Sunny View fifth graders are ready to start planting!

Sunny View Elementary School is in bloom!

Thanks to a Learning Links grant from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Sunny View students are enjoying beautiful flowers blooming around the school and learned a bit about plants in the process.

Second grade teacher Rebekah Morse wrote the grant, titled “Roots for Success,” with the idea of partnering with Polk County High School’s FFA to support its plant sale as well as beautify Sunny View Elementary. The grant allowed for the purchase of barrels, potting soil and a variety of flowers from the FFA plant sale.

In preparation for the arrival of the plants, Sunny View teachers taught lessons on plant parts and life cycles. On planting day, FFA students came to Sunny View to help with the planting, a trip coordinated by FFA sponsor Chauncey Barber and Sunny View’s Monica Barber.

With the flowers in the barrels, Sunny View students have been learning responsibility by watering and tending to the plants each day. Their efforts have been rewarded with beautiful blooms around the school.

“We are giving the elementary students roots to one day be FFA Wolverines,” Morse said.

Rebekah Morse and her second graders pose by the barrels of blooms that are enjoyed each day at an entrance to the school.
Jylyn Barnes assists fifth graders with the planting fun