Day Camp Turns Hardware Store Into Learning Lab

A group of from the Bright Star Learning Center spent the day getting hands-on with their learning theme for the summer: the senses of the human body.

Assistant coordinator Stephanie Sexton says the garden center of the Wesleyan Ace Hardware was the ideal place for the students to flex their senses.

"They are learning different things throughout the week at school," she said, "and then with them coming here to do different things with the senses, they're really enjoying it."

"One of the plants felt like it was rubber on top," said 11-year-old Eva Fuenez.

"And another one of the plants was so soft it felt like a blanket," said Scotty Schroeder.

The lessons went beyond the senses; Ace Hardware employees shared nuggets of knowledge with the group, like the uses of rosemary, and how the South African toe tickler responds to temperature.

"It was pretty cool we got to learn that some of them needed shade, some needed sun, and others only lasted for a season," said Joshua Sexton.

The students weren't done when they left the garden center. Stephanie Sexton said they had to draw and journal about what they learned.

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