Meet Photo-Synthia… She’s Cleaning the Indoor Air at Southgate Elementary

Congratulations to Southgate Elementary and their adopted plant, Photo-Synthia! GEF and Bonnie Plants would like to congratulate the 6th grade class at Southgate Elementary in Loudonville, New York for coming up with the most creative name for their classroom’s adopted plant!  Along with being spotlighted on the GEF website and in National press, the creative minds behind Photo-Synthia will receive reusable I Drink Green water bottles for those hot days out in the garden!


The Southgate Elementary classroom with their adopted plant, Photo-Synthia.

GEF and Bonnie Plants, a supplier of premium vegetables, herbs, and flowers to retail outlets nationwide, teamed up to make this contest possible.  Through the Adopt-a-Plant campaign, part of the Green Thumb Challenge program, GEF and Bonnie Plants strive to educate individuals on the importance of connecting with nature, even while indoors, while teaching the benefits indoor plants can have on air quality.

With many fantastic submissions this year, GEF would like to extend our congratulations to two additional contest participants.  The 2012 runner-up plant names are Fergie the Fresh Air Fern, from Mrs. Dennis’ first grade class at Southgate Elementary, and Radicchio, Pilea, Philodendron, Fittonia, and Hypoestes, from the Digital Imaging Club at Sunrise Park Elementary School in Florida.  Read more about the participants and see all the photos in the Green Thumb Challenge section of the website. Congratulations to all winners and contest participants!

Post by Sarah Kilburne, GEF Program Assistant

About Green Education Foundation (GEF)

Mission Green Education Foundation (GEF), a non-profit organization, is committed to creating a sustainable future through education. Sustainability Education provides educators with the real-world applied learning models that connect science, technology, and math education with the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions. Visit to register for free and to gain full access to GEF’s comprehensive library of standards-based lessons and activities.
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