Dennis students have a winning idea

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Sixth and seventh grade students, from left, Bridget Donohue, Isabella Roache, Tony Herouvis, Maggie Fossett, Tyler String, Michael Paluch and Noah Fatale.  Sixth and seventh grade students, from left, Bridget Donohue, Isabella Roache, Tony Herouvis, Maggie Fossett, Tyler String, Michael Paluch and Noah Fatale.

Students in the Gifted and Talented Program learned about microclimates by constructing milk carton biomes as a part of the “Made by Milk” Carton Construction Contest.

They repurposed 100-plus milk cartons from lunch, which were then painted and assembled into a tiered biome, or habitat, for growing herbs. The project included a water supply and a plastic cover that encouraged a microclimate suitable for plants.

Teacher Tony Pontari worked with his students to create the project and was thrilled that their idea was selected.

“The kids put in hours of hard work on this project and their idea was all about finding ways to make those milk cartons give something life,” said Pontari. “I’m really proud of their work and the final product.”

Photos and a short essay were submitted to the judges.

Students plan to use the money develop ideas for growing plants by improving the Renewable Classroom and Garden outside the school.

The space gives students a chance to learn about biology, physical science and social impact.

They will reuse tires for individual plantings of native flowers and fruits, monitor weather instruments and use rain barrels.

“Some of these materials are available through community donations, but many of them require purchasing, so the ‘Made By Milk’ prize money will be put to good use,” reads a statement from the school.


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