Faculty and students from Middlesboro Middle School (MMS) and Lincoln County High School teamed up on Feb. 23 to build a 12 foot x 24 foot greenhouse adjacent to MMS.
The greenhouse will be used by students at MMS as they learn about plant science, genetics, soils and the growing conditions of various plants. They also learned how to produce seedlings and vegetables that will be served in the school’s cafeteria or sold to earn money to support student field trips and other activities.
Matthew Anderson, agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Lincoln County High School, traveled to Middlesboro with Cody Richards, a senior at Lincoln County and the FFA chapter’s Cooperation Committee chairman.
They worked with faculty and students at MMS to construct the greenhouse. Students involved had the opportunity to practice math skills as well as learn to use power tools during the construction.
The greenhouse was purchased and built entirely with funds from grants totaling $7,000.
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education, the National Education Association Foundation and Berea College Appalachian Fund supplied the funding for these grants.
The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program has donated $5 million annually to public schools and public school parent-teacher groups, funding projects at more than 1,000 different public schools each year.
The National Education Association Foundation provides funding to public school educators to enhance teaching and learning, supporting initiatives that support improve academic achievement.
The Berea College Appalachian Fund was established through a gift from Herbert Faber and Ruth McGurk Faber. Since 1950, the Fund has supported nonprofits working to improve the general education, health and physical well being of people living in the Appalachian Mountains and surrounding areas.
Successful grant applications were written and submitted by eighth-grade teacher Georgina Anderson with assistance from MMS principal Terry Bradley and MMS/MPS assistant principal Erica Arnette.