Spring has definitely sprung. Kathy Salsberry's second-grade class at JOHN JACOB Astor Elementary School learned how to plant flowers May 29. The lesson was a Service Learning Project made possible by a "Learn and Serve" grant from the Oregon Department of Education.

Josh Holcomb, from the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership met the children at Clatsop Retirement Village, where many residents were on hand to watch as he showed the children how to plant strawberry plants, a lilac bush, several heather plants, and several dozen bulbs.

Laura Shull, activity director at CRV, said, "The children excitedly rushed to the trowels and shovels to get started.

"We especially want to thank Mrs. Salsberry and her class for bringing laughter, cheer and youth to our facility!" Shull said she and the residents are also very grateful to the Lewis and Clark Nursery and LCREP for helping make the day such a success.

"After the planting, the children brightened our residents' day even more by singing a few songs," Shull added. "Next spring, we will look forward to seeing these children again!"