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Our school has a horticulture area that we use school wide. Within our horticulture garden we have an open matted weed barrier area where we can grow potted plants. Additionally, we have a shade house to grow plants that require less light. We have a misting table used to get seeds started. We also have an area to till up to grow farm and garden produce by the row.

Our goal is to purchase various supplies that can be used to help teach financial literacy to our students within the described areas.

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ACH- Expanding the School Horticulture Program

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School:
Paul B. Stephens 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Robert Spartz 
Students Impacted:
225 
Grade:
K-12 
Date:
August 25, 2018

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ACHIEVA - $1,000.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 225

In all ways possible we would like to say Thank You to Achieva!!!  Words or pictures alone cannot describe the impact the generosity of Achieva has made for our tremendous school and programs that we offer.  Through your amazing support we have been able to develop and grow a school-based garden and horticulture program.  Students from various classes throughout the year have been able to take time and work in the horticulture garden and area.  We have been able to grow produce, plants, mix soil, and pick items to share and sell as the year has gone on.  

 

Through your support we have been able to teach our students the benefits through financial literacy.  Our students have been able to see the difference between the cost of seeds, and live plants.  They have also seen the benefits to growing things and seeing it through to their sale.  Our students have seen how the benefits of selling items can be relayed into being able to purchase more items.  We have also been able to discuss the cost and benefit of the items and materials.  This is just a snap shot into the many things we have been able to work with and teach our students through your tremendous support.  

 

Our outdoor classroom has given so many of our students access to a world outside of their typical indoor classroom.  Our horticulture and gardening area is a feature part of our school now.  Students who may not be able to directly participate can look inside and see the many things going on out there with students from other varied classrooms.  We have also been able to plant many seeds that have produced vibrant flowers that we have been able to grow on a table for viewing of all students that travel by the area to other venues.  Students have been able to work on and create skills through the funding that can benefit them past graduation and with their own financial literacy.  This grant has also opened the door for other students to see maybe in years to come that they will have their own opportunity to learn and work within the outdoor classroom area.

 

With Gratitude,

 

Mr. Robert

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

Our school has a horticulture area that we use school wide. Within our horticulture garden we have an open matted weed barrier area where we can grow potted plants. Additionally, we have a shade house to grow plants that require less light. We have a misting table used to get seeds started. We also have an area to till up to grow farm and garden produce by the row.

Our goal is to purchase various supplies that can be used to help teach financial literacy to our students within the described areas. 

 

What will be done with my students

Plant and garden nurseries are places where plants and produce are propagated and grown to a usable size. The plants and produce they grow may be sold on to the public, businesses or commercial gardeners. This grant is based around a practical investigation into how well different growing media can be used to make money, follow a budget, create consumer awareness for what we offer, and reinvest the proceeds.

Students will be taught to grow seeds, plants, shrubs, and various produce to eventually sell the various types. Through using our outdoor classroom horticulture and garden area we can teach financial literacy to our students and expand what we can offer through purchases from grant proceeds. 

 

Benefits to my students

Each day, we are faced with many decisions. While most decisions are simple, such as: what should I eat today? Others are more complex, such as: how should I spend a limited amount of money to get the greatest return?

As decision-making skills are used and enhanced, a person’s quality of life improves in correlation to them. A person's wiser choices result in better use of their time, money, and other valuable resources. This project provides students with an opportunity to learn more about decision-making. The benefits to this grant starts with an overview of the decision-making process followed by a discussion of various internal and external factors that affect decisions with supporting the school's horticulture area. We plan to grow plants and produce that can be sold at various school events; and bring food into our school for use within the classrooms and cafeteria.

Financial literacy along with economic considerations mean that each plant is an investment for the business and losses must be minimized. An understanding of plants and how a scientific approach can inform decisionmaking is essential in the horticulture and gardening industry.

Through full funding from this grant we will be able to provide many volunteering classes and students the opportunity to grow something specific to each class and provide students the opportunity to have a job in the process. Benefits also include work and job-related skills that will come from this program. Consideration is that what we grow will be shared school wide so that all classes can participate and benefit from elements within the scope of financial literacy. 

 

Describe the Students

We are a school of approximately 225 special needs (ESE) students within a center school. We serve students with many different exceptionalities.

Deep appreciation in advanced for your consideration with funding this project. 

 

Budget Narrative

We plan to purchase needed supplies such as pots, plants, shrubs, various seeds and soil to grow items that can be sold or used within the classrooms or cafeteria. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Materials Needed to Teach Financial Literacy Within Our Outdoor Classroom $1,000.00
  Total: $1,000.00

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