When it comes to education many teachers will do almost anything to help their students succeed. Tonight, Kris Schuller introduces us to a teacher in Ashwaubenon leading a fundraising effort to get a greenhouse built.
For years science teacher Dan Albrent has made the most of this courtyard at Ashwaubenon High School, teaching his students about agriculture and the power of growing their own food.
And while there is space to grow lettuce and strawberries in the spring, he has no greenhouse, at least one he can use for teaching year-round.
“It’s just a cheap little $100 greenhouse that has been zip tied, duct taped and repaired for a couple of years now,” said Albrent. “It’s a shack basically and we’re looking to upgrade a little bit.”
Realizing funding for a greenhouse from the Ashwaubenon School District would take time, he decided to set up a Gofundme.com account online, to raise $7,000 to buy and build a 24 feet x 30 feet greenhouse.
““It has definitely been a lack of funding,” Albrent said. “The goal is to get a greenhouse so we can grow stuff all year-round, so more students can partake in that activity.”
“You’re right. It works, but is not ideal, we know we can do better,” said Kyra Goedken, an Ashwaubenon High School student and Albrent’s teaching assistant.
To keep the program sustainable Albrent will sell crops grown in the greenhouse back to the school district, who will than use them in their food service programs.
“We have enough ability to offer it for breakfast and our lunch programs, so I’m hoping at some time this will be our primary source,” said Betsy Farah, the district’s nutrition coordinator.
“They are very open to buy whatever we grow,” said Albrent.
The initial fundraising goal has been reached and any extra raised will help outfit the new greenhouse. A facility where students will grow produce year-round in a facility expected to open next spring.
“We have a great spot here, but we don’t have a year-round spot,” the teacher said.
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