Students visit Huntington Gardens for lessons in plant life

Students from St. James-Holy Redeemer School (Montrose) study traits of drought-tolerant plants on a recent field trip to The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Fourth and fifth grade students from St. James-Holy Redeemer Elementary School recently toured The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, where they learned about adaptations allowing plants to thrive in desert-like environments.

Through observation in the Desert Garden, students learned how plants’ color, shape and surface texture can be adaptive and to predict how plant forms help them function.

Fourth grade teacher Kellie Insalaco especially appreciated that the real world interactive learning experience was tied to the California and Common Core Standards. Fifth grade teacher Maureen Moran noted that field trips like this allow students to engage in their learning through testing their hypothesis via experimentation and help bring studies to life.


A blaze of praise

Father Ed Benioff

If you say nice things about my preaching — or my writing, or my shoes — I have to admit, I’ll be pleased. I’ll remember what you said. Pay me a compliment, and it may even change the course of my day. That’s the power of praise when it’s directed at another human being. For a moment, it makes us feel like we’re the object of admiration and even love.


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