Eco-columns, self-sustaining ecosystems created by students, line the window sill in Julie Craghead’s fifth grade class. The students created the eco-columns from plastic liter soda bottles. In the top third of each column, grass or radishes are planted in soil. As the roots grow downward, they are allowed to grow into the bottom two-thirds of the column. The bottom of each column is home to a guppy and a snail or two. Eventually meal worms, earthworms or crickets will be introduced to the grassy top portion of the columns and make their home. All parts of the column – the plants, guppy, snails and worms – feed and support each other.
The final Parent University of the 2016-2017 year will be held Thursday, April 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. The host schools are Rolling Acres Middle School and Hines Primary School. Don't miss this great evening of fun family activities!