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Sumy Specialized School No. 25 "Sprout the Future"

Project: "Sprout the Future"

Project creators: Sumy Specialized School No. 25, Levels l-III, project coordinator Svitlana Meschaninova.

Goal: To create and update flowerbeds of the Sumy Orphanage during March-May. Draw public attention to landscaping Sumy school and preschool facilities.

Objectives: Designing and planting of flowerbeds for the Sumy Oblast Orphanage.

Target audience: Pupils of Sumy Specialized School No. 25 (grades 9-11), the school Euroclub.

Summary: From March to May 2009 pupils and teachers of Sumy Specialized School No. 25 implemented their own environmental project "Sprout the Future," receiving support from the NGO Center for European Initiatives and funded by the United States Peace Corps. The project coordinator was Sumy Specialized School No. 25 geography teacher Svitlana Meschaninova.

The aim was to create and replenish the flowerbeds at the Sumy children's home and to draw public attention to landscaping Sumy schools and preschools, as well as to raise the ecological awareness of pupils from Sumy Specialized School No. 25 grades 9-11 and the children's shelter. During the project they conducted an environmental training for pupils of Sumy Specialized School No. 25, after which the children took the initiative to write a script and present an ecological tale to the children of the orphanage. One of the stages was designing flowerbeds and planting greenery on the territory of Sumy Orphanage; pupils were helped by students of the Sumy National Agrarian University.

By participating in the project pupils expanded their knowledge of ornamental plants, planting, and care of the flowers as well as learning landscape design. Even after the project pupils will continue to visit the children in the orphanage.