Making Mother's Day special

By Beth A. Birmingham | May 03, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Ryan Lynch, left, and Aiden Sheridan show off some of the vegetation their class nursed to good health in the Grow Lab. South School fourth-graders will transplant their picking into a special potter to give to the woman they will honor on Mother's Day.

Rockland — Fourth-grade students and staff at South School in Rockland have been busy with a variety of projects designed to bless some special women this upcoming Mother's Day.

Ferolin Curtis' fourth-grade class has been overseeing a Grow Lab for the past eight weeks. Begun from seedlings and other plant forms of life, the student-run lab has carrots, peas, beets, tomatoes, peppers along with coleus and marigolds.

They have been watering, feeding and blotting the vegetation's growth in centimeters.

They also learned what parts of which plants could be eaten — from buds to seeds to roots to the whole thing.

The end of this week, each student will choose which form of vegetation they want to replant into a specially designed pot to take home for their mothers.

In Wendy Gamage's fourth-grade class, students painted their own canvas flower for their special recipient.

First drawing a potter then a hand-traced plant form, the students chose colored paint to brighten the canvas.

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Fourth-grader Jacoby Davis adds some color petal blotches to his canvas print May 5. His class was busy making personalized gifts to honor that someone special for Mother's Day, May 11. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Zoe Randall dabs her paint-covered fingers onto the canvas as she designs a special gift for Mother's Day. Randall is a fourth-grade student at South School. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Fourth-graders Chelsea Gray and Damien Seavey finish the hand-traced plant portion of their special canvas painting May 5 at South School. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Elijah Esancy holds up his finished canvas painting May 5. His fourth-grade class made the special gifts for Mother's Day. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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