Colleen Ebden (left) and Judy Lorenz with Communities in Bloom talk to the students of Eckville Elementary School on Jan. 29 about selecting the flower’s colour scheme for this year. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

Elementary students vote for Eckville’s flower colours

The Eckville Elementary School students voted for red and white flowers on Jan. 29

Eckville’s Community in Bloom committee sought the help of Eckville Elementary School students for this year’s flower colours.

Colleen Ebden and Judy Lorenz made a presentation on behalf of Communities in Bloom to the students at the month end assembly on Jan. 29.

After explaining to the kids to the idea of Communities in Bloom they introduced a special project.

With them Ebden and Lorenz had brought along three bags, each depicting a different colour scheme to be used for the town’s flowers this year.

Purple and yellow was the first option, alongside pink and dark purple, and red and white.

The students voted by placing a piece of paper into the bag representing the colour scheme of their choice.

The potential colour schemes were chosen by going around town and seeing which colours were popular and which of those were cheaper to purchase.

After the votes were in, Ebden says the winner was red and white.

“We would like you to help your mom and dad pick out the flowers to put into your yard that will be the same colours as the ones you picked for the town,” said Lorenz during the presentation.

The red and white flowers will be used in the planters and hanging baskets seen around town, as well as in the new planters that are set to line Main Street with the new solar street lights.

Ebden says the initiative is a way to show the judges the town is continually getting better.

Eckville received four blooms out of five for the 2019 evaluation in August.

READ MORE: Eckville’s Communities in Bloom faces judging day

“It’s just trying to bring new ideas in, involve different age groups of people [and] involve different areas within the community,” added Lorenz.

The committee is looking to involve the high school students in the spring with the clean up, as well as the rest of the community with a Kick It To The Curb.

In the spring Communities in Bloom is looking to give each kid some theme-suited flowers to plant and maybe bring a big planter out to the front of the school, which will also done the red and white.

Lorenz said it would be nice to see the rest of the town support the students in the colour choice when it comes time to plant their gardens.

During the Communities in Bloom judging Eckville is evaluated on floral displays, landscape, urban forestry, heritage conservation, environmental action and tidiness.


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