US: Decades-old greenhouse renovated for high-school

Northside Learning Center High School has been busy with upgrades and additions to better serve students when they return.

The school, which serves students ages 14 to 22 with intellectual disabilities and impaired adaptive functioning, renovated its decades-old greenhouse, wrapped up construction on its new sensory garden and finished building improvements like putting up indoor murals, getting new furniture and doing a full paint job.

The greenhouse received a full upgrade, Ray said: new walls; tempered double-paned glass that’s also used at the Garfield Park Conservatory; a new heating and cooling system; new pipes and new automatic shades.

The space will also have five student tables and beds to grow herbs, vegetables and plants, though the pandemic halted growing plans. 

The greenhouse was completed in mid-November with funding from Chicago Public Schools.

Read more about the greenhouse at Block Club Chicago.


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