On October 4th, first graders traded their classrooms at East Street School for a farm, as they traveled to Cold Spring Orchard in Belchertown, a research facility of UMass Amherst, for a day of learning all about apples. Mrs. Janet Foy, Cold Spring Orchard Education Coordinator, and former first grade teacher in the Ludlow Public Schools, enthusiastically shared information with the students on how apples grow, what apple trees need to survive, how this drought has affected their growing season, and explained about the many different varieties of apples.
First grade teacher, Mrs. Ericka Cadete explained that the students were excited about visiting the apple orchard while acquiring hands on learning that correlates with the new common core science standards.
The highlight for all was when they ventured out to the apple orchards to pick their very own, sweet and delicious apples! Much to their delight each student was able to bring home a bag of apples to share with their families.
Many thanks to the Ludlow Elementary Schools PTO for their support in helping to fund this trip. “We greatly appreciate our elementary PTO for all of the assistance they provide us throughout the year to make experiences such as these come to life for our students," commented Mr. Thomas Welch, East Street Principal.
Photo Credits: Mrs. Ericka Cadete