New Horizons Elementary School second graders from Deb Hansen’s class learned a lesson in planting a little sunshine. For years, Hansen’s mother Dee has been planting, harvesting and saving marigold seeds. She has won awards for her beautiful marigolds. After receiving a diagnosis of cancer and going through treatment, Dee did not stop planting seeds. In fact, she started to send seeds to friends and family with a note to “Plant a Little Sunshine.” Hansen’s students planted their seeds in pots decorated with the theme “Plant a Little Sunshine.” Students also put on a Poetry Jam for parents, staff and students. They recited original poems and gave away the marigold plants to program attendees, encouraging them to keep spreading sunshine by harvesting and planting the seeds. Adults wanting to get involved made monetary donations that were given to Little Smiles of Florida to sponsor a Nerf gun event for children with cancer, along with a video of the Poetry Jam for the children to view. Students are learning that they can make a difference in the lives of others. Shown above are the second graders with teacher Deb Hansen.