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Wreath making part of new ag class in Nevis

Seventh graders in Ashley Anderson’s “Introduction to Agriculture” class have been creating Christmas wreaths using local materials.

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Cassandra Bolster and Evelynn Johnson stand by one of the wreaths awaiting the finishing touches before being given to someone in the community. Contributed/ Ashley Anderson

It is Anderson’s first year teaching in Nevis. “I originate from Glenwood and decided to create an agriculture program and FFA chapter in Nevis last spring,” she said. “We have been working to offer hands-on courses and use the school's resources. We offer animal science, agriculture economics and career exploration courses. I am hoping to continue expanding the courses and the program over the years.”

Anderson collected three totes of materials to make the wreaths from the school forest and family hunting land.

White pine, red pine, blue spruce, cedar, and a little jack pine were used to create the wreaths, along with some cones. They also used ribbon and tools donated by Nevis staff member Melinda Spry.

Wreaths were created by attaching the materials to a frame using wire.

“The students were wrapping up a forestry and floriculture unit where they learned how to identify trees based on leaf and needles, as well as properly securing the materials using floral wire,” Anderson said. “The students are choosing several people and businesses to donate their wreaths to.”

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Cranberries and dried fruit will be added to the wreaths before they go out to add a holiday touch at various locations throughout the community.

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