GOODRICH — Dr. Rick Sweeney stood in the cold, rainy morning, chatting with visitors as they strolled among the marigolds and petunias at Goodrich High School.
Even with a protective mask covering much of his face, one could see by his eyes that he was smiling as he explained all of the hard work his students put into their horticulture class.
“They did a lot of work,” Sweeney said. “I wish they were able to see this.”
Tuesday, May 19, Sweeney coordinated a plant give-away. Area residents were invited to take home the plants the students grew in the Goodrich Area Schools’ greenhouse.
There were more than 100 marigolds, 70 hanging baskets, a lot of succulents, and more.
The 2019-20 school year was the first year for the horticulture class, Sweeney said. The half-credit course drew the interest of some 70 students, as well as the community, which donated thousands of dollars’ worth of supplies, such as shovels, baskets, pots, and seeds.
“I was humbled and overwhelmed by the interest in the class,” Sweeney said.