Bio students help plant flowers for downtown Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Sandy Climenhaga, Albion AP biology teacher, and student Katelyn Perry work together in planting flowers this morning.

Students in Albion’s AP biology class put flowers in 17 planters that will head to downtown Albion next week. The students worked with three volunteers from the Albion Merchants Association on the project.

Lisa Stratton, Debbie Grimm and Paula Brooks helped with the effort from the Merchants. The Merchants and Town of Albion paid for the flowers with additional sponsors from 17 businesses. This year there will also be 16 hanging baskets in the downtown, Stratton said.

Climenhaga said her students try to help with a flower planting project each year in the community. They expect to help plant flowers next week at Bullard Park.

“The kids like going by and seeing their work,” she said. “It definitely gives them pride in the community and we want to help the businesses who are already busy working at their shops.”

The bio students learn about flowers as part of their class. They study photosynthesis and dissect flowers to learn about plants.

Jordan Deskins helps with the flower planting effort this morning. Other AP students who helped include Ryan Reed, Jacob Squicciarini, Andrew Hollenbeck and Katelyn Perry.