HANNIBAL – With the financial support of the Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant, students at Dennis M. Kenney Middle School are embarking on a multidisciplinary learning collaboration utilizing a greenhouse.
In early September, members of the Hannibal Central School District’s Facilities Department assembled a greenhouse at DMK.
The structure, funded by the Whole Foods grant and through school penny fundraisers, will serve as a hands-on educational experience for students in fifth through eighth grades.
According to DMK counselor Meg Jaworski, who applied for the funding last year, students and teachers are looking forward to the opportunities stemming from this grant.
“We’re going to start small, but we are aiming high and hope to expand from a small greenhouse this year to something even bigger,” Jaworski said. “We’re going to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and other edibles. Everything we grow will be used.”
Students will be able to enjoy the fruits – and vegetables – of their labor during family and consumer science class.
They will be active participants in their education, as they learn the science, technology and real-world applications associated with managing a successful greenhouse.
Teachers across a variety of disciplines are working together on lessons in composting, hydroponics and other applications as well.
“The kids are really invested in this greenhouse and they’ll get to see the entire process, from seed to food,” Jaworski said. “Once everything is up and running, we can start looking ahead, toward future growth.”
In addition to the support from Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant, Jaworski noted that the greenhouse was also made possible through a community partnership with Travis Floral.
The Hannibal-based floral shop provides additional support and sustainability to the initiative.