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BLOOM where you are planted

Think about your childhood summers.  Do images of flowers, fishing poles, vegetable gardens and dirty fingernails come to mind?  Now image how handicapped youngsters spend their summers, perhaps without an opportunity to experience these joys of summer ... that is until project "BLOOM where you are planted" brings Lenawee County 4-H'ers and handicapped students together to explore and experience the wonders of nature.

Planting vegetable and flower gardens in wheelchair accessible raised beds, nature photography, fishing, building bird houses and learning about each other, are only a few of the favorite summer time activities for Project BLOOM participants.

The exploration of nature doesn't stop when kids return to school in the fall.  Several Lenawee County classrooms have GrowLabs, portable indoor light gardens, where students discover the miracle of life cycles by watching a sprouting seed push through the soil or bringing a wilted plant back to life.

To expand their voyage of discovery even further, Project BLOOM students explore the galaxy, swim with a sea turtle or fly with a bee from flower to flower through an interactive computer video program.

Under the direction of MSU Extension in Lenawee County, Hidden Lake Gardens, and the Lenawee Intermediate School District, Project BLOOM was initially funded with a two-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  Now Project BLOOM needs additional support to continue to bloom.

For more information about Project BLOOM contact Janelle Stewart, Extension Educator - Youth Development, at (517)264-5300 or

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