What’s a Combine Harvester Doing at This Chinese High School?

The green wheat has turned golden and is ready to harvest at this Chinese high school. (Image: Weibo.com)
The green wheat has turned golden and is ready to harvest at this Chinese high school. (Image: Weibo.com)

Most school campuses are landscaped with green lawns and other plants. However, a high school in Hebei Province, China, chose to plant something very different.

Last October, the new campus of the No.24 High School of Shijiazhuang was put into use. The school leaders thought the survival rate of grass or flowers would be low if they were planted in the winter. Yet the large area of lawn could not be left bare. So the school came up with a clever idea—planting a crop of wheat on the campus.

The wheat flourished in spring, and the campus was covered with soft green. (Image: Weibo.com)

The wheat flourished in the Spring, and the campus was covered with soft green foliage. (Image: Weibo.com)

Many students who grew up in the cities have never seen wheat growing. When the students learned that the school had planted wheat, they all felt curious and excited. The principal said that growing wheat on campus would provide a good opportunity for the students to learn about crops, and observe their growth.

Teacher was holding the golden wheat. (Image: Weibo.com)

A teacher holding the golden wheat. (Image: Weibo.com)

Teacher was reaping the wheat. (Image: Weibo.com)

A teacher helping to reap the wheat. (Image: Weibo.com)

In their spare time, students also helped take care of the wheat field, according to the Hebei Youth Daily. They picked up litter, weeded the field, and helped to harvest the ripe wheat. The principal told the reporter that the wheat wasn’t sprayed with any pesticides, nor were any fertilizers applied.

He said they wanted to convey the idea of environmental protection to the students through this project.

Two students were gleaning after class. (Image: Weibo.com)

Two students collecting wheat after class. (Image: Weibo.com)

Students were reaping the wheat. (Image: Weibo.com)

Students helping to reap the wheat by hand. (Image: Weibo.com)

Now, it was time to harvest the wheat. A combine harvester was brought onto the campus. Many students watched the scene through classroom windows, and experienced the joy of the harvest. Most of them will retain this memory for life.

One special part of the high school life. (Image: Weibo.com)

A combine harvester was brought in to harvest the wheat. (Image: Weibo.com)

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