Columbia County whiz kids build greenhouse from common items

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
News 12 This Morning

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Some of the best lessons are taught outside of the classroom, and a group of third graders at North Columbia Elementary are learning that by creating a greenhouse out of just two items. The group is proving that you're never too young to be innovative.

"Ask, imagine, plan, create, improve," three of the third graders chant!

They tell News 12 that by implementing these five steps, they were able to turn bamboo and two-liter bottles into a greenhouse.

Third-grader, Brinslee Trapp explains what her favorite part of the project was.

"My favorite part was being able to work with everyone else and cooperate as a real school and teammates because, we're going to need that when we grow up," Brinslee said.

Together the students learned to problem solve. Gracyn Comstock says, they had several ups and downs.

"It was hard when we had some problems with the roof sagging and we had to find out what we could do," Gracyn explains.

This project was a part of Columbia County's science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) initiatives. However, these students went above and beyond.

Third-grader Oliver Putman says they were able to get the whole school involved.

"Around the school, we set up trashcans and on the trashcans, it said please donate two-liter bottles to the third grade and lately we have collected tons and tons of bottles," Oliver told us.

Yet, the kids still don't have enough bottles. Third-grade teacher Janet Bruyninckx explains how they have almost reached their goal.

"We started needing about fourteen hundred now we need about five hundred to complete our greenhouse."

Now, they are calling on the community for help. Bruyninckx says anyone can help by just dropping off two-liter bottles in the front office at North Columbia Elementary.

"Anyone can send bottles. We've been doing commercials on our morning school news and the kids around the school have been sending them in but, we can take all the bottles that we can get."