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Pothos plants in classrooms increase productivity, improve health

A pothos plant sits on the windowsill in Visual Arts Department Chair Sandi Wood’s classroom. The plants add more greenery to the class and it adds to my classroom vibe” (Emily Bloom)

Teachers received pothos plants in October as part of the “A Plant in Every Classroom” initiative led by the Environmental Action Club.

“Growing plants in the classroom can provide a wealth of benefits for students and educators,” said Dr. Leopoldo Llinas, the director of environmental stewardship and EAC moderator. “Research has also linked indoor plants with increased productivity and reduced mental fatigue.”

The idea for the voluntary initiative came from a nonprofit whose mission is to help improve the health of students and educators by bringing nature into their daily lives. The collaboration, Llinas said, provides students unique opportunities to learn about the health benefits of plants.

This year, more than 50 faculty and staff signed up to receive a pothos plant for their classroom. Llinas said that pothos are some of the easiest plants to take care of.

Llinas said that, in his own classroom, he enjoys watering and propagating plants in order to improve the “aesthetic value” of the room.

“I like having plants in my class because they make the class feel less enclosed and seeing plants around me is satisfying as an environmental science teacher,” middle school science teacher Natalia Zurcher said.

Middle school social studies teacher Minelli Duclerc also signed up to receive a plant this year.

A pothos plant sits on English teacher Neil Molitoris’ desk in his classroom. “It’s helping me to learn and care for a living thing without killing it,” Molitoris said. (Emily Bloom)

“I enjoy having the plant on my desk and watching its growth,” Duclerc said. “It also serves as a reminder that if we take care of each other, we can grow strong together.”

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Emily Bloom, PTTV reporter
Emily Bloom is a sophomore at Palmer Trinity, and a staff reporter for PTTV.
She enjoys sports like cross country, track, and also dance. She is full of Falcon pride and loves supporting other athletes at games and events. Emily likes to cook and make food for her friends. She also likes to listen to music and make every day a new memory. When she's not doing sports, she's most likely shopping or driving a golf cart. In school, she sustains solid grades and strives to improve each semester. Her goals are to take on more honor classes and As and Bs and have fun while doing it.

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