Students participate in World Hunger Day
On October 17, 2013, Professor Lynn DeSanto’s Ecology and Biology students donated approximately 35 bags of lettuce to the Salvation Army in honor of World Hunger Day. This is the second year that Lackawanna College has partnered with Earthbox to facilitate the growing of produce on campus, which eventually gets donated to a local service agency. Students doubled their efforts from last year, increasing the number of Earthboxes from 8 to 16. In describing her students’ involvement in the project, Ms. DeSanto said, “My three classes – BIO 225, Bio 115 AA and Bio 115 AB – were invested in planting, monitoring and ultimately harvesting the lettuce. The six students in my Ecology class did the majority of the work but the other 20 students also participated at different levels in the project.”
In addition to harvesting the lettuce that the students grew on campus, Ms. DeSanto employed the help of the students in all of her classes to conduct a non-perishable food drive. The project is tied to the Biology curriculum in addressing the topics of photosynthesis, sustainable agriculture, Earthbox technology, world hunger and social responsibility.
Ms. DeSanto hopes to expand this project next year, saying, “Not only did the students learn a lot of science but it made it relevant realizing that there is Hunger in Scranton.”