US (IL): Schlarman grant reaps greenhouse

A greenhouse will soon yield a crop of new educational opportunities at Schlarman Academy’s North Campus.

An 18-foot by 36-foot greenhouse from International Greenhouse Co. of Danville has come to fruition thanks to the Schlarman Foundation Board’s newly launched teacher grant program.

The greenhouse is the result of the first teacher grant that was awarded in the summer to biology teacher Blake Leonard.

Leonard, who is in his second year of teaching at the high school, said he hatched the idea for a greenhouse after noticing “a big empty space” on the northeast side of the school.

He was considering purchasing a very small greenhouse from Amazon when someone suggested he contact the International Greenhouse Co. in Danville. Thanks to Schlarman Foundation’s teacher grant program, Leonard ended up with a much larger greenhouse with running water and electricity.

Read more at Commercial-News (Carol Roehm)

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