Area residents can help bring a greenhouse to Montcalm High School by going online and voting, starting today. Montcalm has been selected as a State Farm Neighborhood Assist top 200 finalist and could receive a $25,000 grant.
The program is designed to support community projects. MHS teachers Amanda Feldes and Sarah Krondon submitted the grant application for their project, a greenhouse at the school that would allow students to grow edible plants year-round.
As part of the proposal, the teachers said students would learn to farm sustainably for their families, how to run a small business, and community members would circulate currency close to home rather than to national chain franchises. Students will gain valuable skills they can carry with them for a lifetime.
“We want to turn our hydroponics STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) lessons into a real greenhouse project to be set up behind the school,” Krondon said. “The money from the grant would allow us to purchase the greenhouse. Students will learn how to sustain a garden as well as expand their palates. They will enjoy eating what they have grown as they learn how to take care of a garden, testing soil acidity and moisture.”
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