Plan your summer garden by sending a kid to camp

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flower powerDo these cold, foggy and frosty winter days have you dreaming of summer flower gardens? If so, the sixth grade students at Pioneer Middle School might have the cure for your winter doldrums.

Every year, Pioneer Middle School sixth grade students have the opportunity to attend camp late in the school year. With so many families running into financial issues these days, the students can raise funds for the camp to help offset some of the costs. This year, their fundraising choice comes in the form of Flower Power.

Fundraising with flower bulbs, which is at the heart of Flower Power, began as a joint initiative between Gardener’s Supply and Dutch Gardens, two mail-order gardening companies located in Burlington, Vermont. The goal was to expand an existing school gardening awards program by adding a fundraising component that would get people, and especially children, more directly involved in gardening. The idea was a huge success. Today, Flower Power Fundraising offers high quality bulbs and plants available from growers in Holland and the U.S.

Through Flower Power, each student has their own account and everything they sell, half of the money goes toward their fee to camp. If someone does not order for a camper, funds will go to a general fund that will be used to help give scholarships to those who cannot afford the cost of camp.

Most former sixth graders will agree that camp was one of the highlights of their sixth grade year, and it is typically the first time many of the students are away from home. During the camp, students get to take part in several hands-on activities such as marine exploration, boating, archery, swimming and art activities under the watchful eyes of adult supervisors and counselors.

So stop dreaming and start planning for your summer garden and support a sixth grade student while you’re at it. When you use this link to place your order, Pioneer Middle School will receive 50 percent of your order. The fundraiser ends February 8, 2013.

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