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Tot's Place Preschoolers Visit Big Rapids Rain Garden

Tots place preschooler visit a gardenThis summer was filled with fun activities and adventures at Ferris State University’s Tot’s Place Child Development Center.

In late July, the Tot’s Place preschool classroom children visited the Big Rapids Rain Garden located at Riverwalk as BRRG’s Karen Motawi guided the class on a tour. The preschoolers had opportunities to check out the garden and learn from Motawi about care for flowers and plants. As part of the time she spent with the preschoolers, Motawi provided a hands-on learning experience by allowing the children to plant Black-Eyed Susans at the garden location. After the tour and planting, Motawi organized a creative learning environment for the children to decorate their own butterfly hats.

“The children enjoyed the outing and learned about the care and upkeep needed to maintain the Garden’s vibrancy for our community to enjoy,” said Lori Johnson, director of Tot’s Place, of the event.

The trip was organized by Dana Ruttle, a native of Reed City and a Ferris student in the School of Education, who is completing an internship for her ZA endorsement in Elementary Education as part of her academic requirements.