American high school greenhouse serves families in need

As a pandemic that struck quickly, erased jobs and created financial crises for many suburban families continues into a new year, High School District 214 continues to join many others to assist those in need.

At Rolling Meadows High School, that means continuing to utilize a greenhouse that had become a focal point for the school's literally groundbreaking agriculture program before COVID-19 closed all Illinois schools last march.

The school continues to conduct a once-a-week school meal bag pick up. On December 17, for example, the high school's food service staff distributed more than 50 bags of basil and about 50 bags of lettuce to local families. Tomatoes from the greenhouse are now being added to the mix.

This effort found its roots shortly after the pandemic began in March, temporarily idling the Rolling Meadows High School greenhouse. Before long, Rolling Meadows Principal Eileen Hart and colleagues answered her question of "We've got this greenhouse resource that's not being used; could we turn it to be of good use?" with an emphatic yes.

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