Each year about 45 Alcona First Graders apply their science and math, reading and art skills each year while learning about and caring for the Alcona County Library Laura Jane Musser reading garden at the Harrisville branch.
The Alcona County Library received a grant from the Laura Jane Musser Fund to create a community reading garden and book trail at their main branch in Harrisville, Mich. The library team has been planning the design with Alcona Community School educators, Michigan State University Extension staff, and other community partners – and at the center will be local students helping to accomplish and care for this exciting project.
Alcona preschoolers contributed butterfly, bird and bat boxes and the first graders selected the plants, replanting on section of the bookworm raised garden each year. While learning about pollinators each year the first graders return to the library in the fall to prepare the garden for the winter and again in the spring to plant the annual plants and getting the garden ready for the summer.
3 Teachers are involved in this project.