US: Notre Dame high school dedicates new greenhouse to teacher

The Notre Dame High School in Elmira dedicated a newly-built greenhouse to one of its teachers on Thursday. The project was named in honor of Mrs. Karen Jennings for her “years of service and dedication to Notre Dame”. Most notably, Jennings recently took the helm of “navigating the complexities of the school reopening amid the pandemic this past fall”.  

“We thought it only fitting to honor Karen in this way as she has a true passion for the environment and all things living,” said Dr. Sarah Hazleton, Biology Teacher and Science Department Chair.

The construction of the greenhouse was funded through a Catholic Climate Covenant grant; it will be used to grow native nectar and milkweed plants for the on-campus monarch habitat. It will also be used to support “educational activities and projects for Notre Dame science students”. 

“I’m absolutely over the moon,” said Jennings. “I started here as a science teacher and the director of the Junior High and certainly every student that I’ve ever taught knows that caring for the earth is a really, really big priority of mine. So to have the greenhouse and the beginning of this project for caring for the earth named for me is beyond anything I could have ever expected or have hoped for and I’m absolutely thrilled.”  
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