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Middle School Students Who Really Don’t Want a Snow Day

A few of the Hillcrest gardeners, including, from left, teacher Marc Merhebi, and students Connor Campbell, Aidyn Bulmer and Cameron LeBlanc. (Vanessa Blanch/CBC)

Attendance is up at Moncton’s Hillcrest School, thanks to a class project building a hydroponic lettuce garden

Every time he walks into the classroom that is now home to a hydroponic garden, with 72 heads of lettuce, middle school teacher Marc Merhebi is “full-on flabbergasted.”

The classroom at Hillcrest School in Moncton has been transformed by his science students and is now dominated by the bright green lettuce that glows under the lights.

‘But now I’m like OK, I want to start getting ready, I want to go to school and I want to check out how the lettuce is doing.’– Grade 7 student Cameron LeBlanc

“I love it, they love it — students have said that they’re excited to come to science class because of this, so it’s been really, really great,” Merhebi said.

“Even some attendance has gone up since this started.”

Grade 7 student Cameron LeBlanc admits that before his class started the lettuce garden, he would take his time getting ready for school in the morning.

“But now I’m, like, OK, I want to start getting ready, I want to go to school and I want to check out how the lettuce is doing.” READ MORE

Vanessa Blanch 
January 18, 2018
 CBC News

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