Vegetable love at Good Tern

Feb 03, 2014
Young students created “Valentines for Vegetables” in Cushing.

Rockland — The CushKins — the kindergarten students of Cushing Community School — love veggies so much they have made a collection of "Valentines for Vegetables" that will be exhibited Thursday, Feb. 6, through March 5 in the Café Gallery of Good Tern Natural Foods Co-op, 750 Main St.

There will be a reception Thursday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and some of the young artists will be in attendance. For more information contact their teacher, Beth Heidemann, at

The CushKins have penned love letters to veggies, which will be on display along with several visual works of art. Each visual art project helped the CushKins explore their world in new ways: children printed with their feet; they observed how heat changes materials as they colored with melting crayons; vegetables became paint stamps; and buttons became peas in pods. They even used a special microscope that works in conjunction with iPads to capture magnified images of different vegetables.

The children also enjoyed making veggie pizzas with organic vegetables from the Good Tern. Multi-sensory and interdisciplinary projects like this are common in the CushKins' classroom; this project incorporated reading, writing, science, math and health curriculum in a way that helped the students connect to content and learn with a purpose.

The Good Tern Co-op is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 594-8822.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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