Students Use Milk Cartons to Create Indoor Garden

The Blue Team is at it again, vying for another national milk carton contest award.

Students of the Stepping Stones Day Program’s Blue Team proudly show off their Carton2Garden Empire State Building indoor garden, which is entered into a national sustainability and healthy living contest. The team could win upwards of $5,000.
Students of the Stepping Stones Day Program’s Blue Team proudly show off their Carton2Garden Empire State Building indoor garden, which is entered into a national sustainability and healthy living contest. The team could win upwards of $5,000.

About five months after students in Robyn Yorker’s Stepping Stones Day Program classroom won a $1,000 prize for a milk carton sculpture contest in the fall, they have entered into the spring Carton2Garden milk carton contest.

Students collected 106 milk cartons from around the school and re-used the materials to create an indoor garden which includes symbols of New York State.

They also made posters with QR codes so teachers or other students with smart phones could be directly linked to the contest website.

Their six-foot tall Empire State Building garden includes five levels of flowers and vegetable plants.

Entries for the contest were due April 13.

A panel of judges will review all entries and announce winners on May 13.

Yorker’s classroom could receive a prize upwards of $5,000 in the kindergarten through fifth grade level.

The contest is sponsored by Evergreen Packaging to help encourage environmental stewardship and healthy living.

Also a project-based learning activity, planning and development of the structure tied into the students’ unit on New York State.

Yorker said her students have also tracked plant growth, as a means to incorporate math into the project.

Following the contest, each student will take home flowers and vegetable plants to help enhance their community, Yorker said.

Stepping Stones Day Program is a collaborative effort between CiTi and Hillside Children’s Center, which provides a structured, small-group environment to help students overcome emotional and behavioral challenges so they may return to their home school district.