On September 27, Warren County Middle School had their annual Ecology Field Day, organized by Larry West of the Warren Soil Conservation and Water Department. Warren County Cooperative Extension has contributed each year, and this year FoodCorps got to present to every sixth grader at the county's middle school on behalf of Extension. Other participants included USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, NCDA & CS, NC Forestry Service, and Newell Farms Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The field day was a huge success, reaching over 175 students!
FoodCorps Service Member Caroline Stover, shown right, presented a program with 8 groups of students throughout the day. First, one student turned into a plant with all six plant parts before our very eyes! Her classmates learned the purpose of her roots, stems, leaves, flower, fruit and seeds. Next, the group was shown various fruits and vegetables, and asked to identify and analyze which plant parts we eat regularly to maintain our health.
We also sang a fun Plant Part Song created by the Banana Slug String Band to make sure we remembered our plant parts for the review - a plant part relay race!
Caroline Stover is from Winston-Salem, NC, and is currently serving as Warren County's FoodCorps Service Member.