Students, businesses, reporters, meteorologists compete in Granny's Amaryllis Race
Posted Friday, January 24, 2014
Students in 51 classrooms at Loveland elementary and primary schools, several local organizations and businesses, area homeschool families and members of the local media outlets are all competing in Granny’s Garden School’s eighth annual Great Amaryllis Race.
This annual event brightens dreary winter days across the Tristate area with brilliantly colored amaryllis blooms as participants compete for various awards, including most amazing name, tallest stem, longest leaf and first blooming amaryllis.
For the first time this year, members of the local media will be competing alongside the students and businesses in their own category. Joining the race this year are WLWT meteorologist Randi Rico andLoveland Herald reporter Marika Lee.
The Great Amaryllis Race is part of the Granny’s Garden School ongoing collaboration with Loveland Elementary and Primary Schools. Each January, participants receive a complete amaryllis growing kit from Granny’s Garden School. For participating classrooms and homeschool students, Granny’s Garden School and class coordinators present complete grade-appropriate lesson plans for the race, which include connections to the Ohio State Standards in science and math. Students draw on their knowledge about plant and bulb parts and processes learned during the fall season to form hypotheses, answer questions and form conclusions from their observations.
Three other schools in the area have joined Granny’s Garden School in holding races at their schools this year: Brookwood Elementary in Hamilton, Rothenberg Rooftop Garden in Over-the-Rhine and Stewart Elementary in the Princeton School District.
Students enjoy visiting local businesses and organizations to compare the amaryllis plants on display with the ones they’re growing in the classroom. Local companies and organizations participating in this year’s Great Amaryllis Race include: Accounting Plus, Prodigy Preschool, Berri Eyecare, Hospodar Insurance Agency, The Goddard School, KinderCare, Cincinnati Public Library – Loveland Branch, Take Home Tano, iCue Learning, the Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce, Youthland Academy and Hyperdrive.
Connect with Granny’s Garden School on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to follow the competition, view amaryllis “baby” pictures and more. Participants will be posting their progress with the hashtag #grannysamaryllisrace. While it’s too late to join the race this year, anyone interested in participating in 2015 should email Roberta “Granny” Paolo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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