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Botanical Gardens to Offer 'Healthy Houseplants'

Learn more about how to cultivate life indoors at "Healthy Houseplants," scheduled for 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Wednesday, June 1, at McMillan Greenhouse.

Paula Gross and Meredith Hebden from the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens will lead this class, which will offer tips on the best houseplants for low, medium and high light. Soil mixes for plants, watering and fertilizing will be discussion topics, too.

The cost is $15 for members of the Stewards of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens; $25 for nonmembers. Email Esther Carrasco to register.

Read-In Brings Elementary School Students to Campus

More than 100 third graders participated in the annual Literacy Alive! Read-In event on campus. Hosted by the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, and offered as an extension of the North Star Reading Partners Initiative, Literacy Alive! is meant to be a first step in preparing students to be college ready. Through a series of hands-on events, students from Newell Elementary got a firsthand look at college life and the importance of education.

The third graders took a walking tour of campus in the morning, and then talked with COED students about the college experience. In the afternoon, they built and raced "puffer cars," in the day’s STEM education activity and sat for interactive read alouds with students and faculty.

"All eyes were lit with a new purpose for education and a new heart for learning. The energy on their faces sparked a sense of determination and ownership in their choices," said Jen Boysko, Literacy Facilitator at Newell Elementary. Boysko said the opportunity to directly experience the college environment was invaluable for the young students.