Dozens of Silver Sands School students surrounded their new state-of-the-art greenhouse Friday morning, excited to start growing their own plants.
“Hi, greenhouse! I’m glad to see you,” a student yelled from the crowd. “I’m your biggest fan.”
The long-awaited Growth House — an ADA-compliant greenhouse for special needs students to learn about horticulture — officially opened with a ribbon cutting and a tour of the building by Silver Sands Principal Jon Williams and officials from the Okaloosa County School District.
The Growth House project was made possible by a grant from IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida. When Williams asked his teachers what they wanted to see come to the school, they almost unanimously agreed they wanted a greenhouse.