ST. PARIS – Graham Elementary and Middle School have been awarded Battelle STEM Grant in the amount of $43,000 for their proposal: GES/GMS Greenhouse Partnership – Pathways to Learning!
This grant will provide the funding for the construction of a greenhouse between the two buildings. The greenhouse will be supplied with solar power. Initial plans are to develop gardening clubs at both buildings that will produce plants that are then transferred to raised garden beds. Long-term plans are for the greenhouse to be a fully functioning commercial greenhouse that is completely student-led.
At GES/GMS, the outdoor education center has over 40 acres that include various habitat in addition to some farm land that will be used as part of a precision agriculture program, Falcon Farms, to promote Graham STEAM learning over time. Long term plans are to incorporate the Greenhouse into the Outdoor Education Center and provide professional development and learning opportunities for Graham teachers, regional educators, pre-service teachers, and students from around the area.
Nick Guidera, assistant principal at GMS, said, “This is huge. More classroom extension opportunities to align with our GrahamSTEAM initiatives! This is a great opportunity for our students and our community. We believe in playing to our strengths, and using the farming expertise around us to drive students towards career pathways in precision agriculture and ag-related businesses.”
Chad Miller, elementary principal, said, “Thank you to Battelle for recognizing the importance of supporting GrahamSTEAM initiatives. We look forward to developing a long-term partnership to expand STEAM
Submitted by the Graham school district.