Fifth-graders decorate and plant flower pots to surprise Knickerbocker residents

Knickerbocker Apartment residents (from left) Jane Naughton, Tom Kovach and Clara Mercurio gather to choose a student-created flower pot as their own.

Nothing says spring like a colorful pot of flowers barely starting to bud. Fifth-graders at Bay Middle School presented Knickerbocker Apartment residents with just such a gift on Friday.

"They are beautiful," said Jane Naughton as she looked over the 180 uniquely-painted flower pots filled with impatiens. "The children were so excited when they came and delivered them!"

The small army of young gardeners, all members of their school's Town Council, took their decorated pots and planted the seedlings from flats of flowers, carefully burying the delicate root systems in soil with trowels and fingers during an after-school volunteer session. Parent volunteers helped and, with a little water added, the plants were ready.

The next day, fifth-grade Town Council advisors Kirstin Millet and Tracy Lion walked the students from the middle school on Wolf Road to the apartment building on Knickerbocker as students carried their flower pots. There were enough for every resident to have his or her own plant to nurture into a beautiful summer bloom.

Karen Derby

Director of Communications for the Bay Village City School District

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:01 AM, 06.05.2018