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At our special school we have a horticulture area that we use for school wide programs. We have a shade house to grow plants that require less light. Within our horticulture garden area we have an open matted weed barrier where we can grow container and potted plants. Additionally, we have a misting table used to get seeds started in small pots and trays. We also have an area tilled up to grow farm and garden produce in rows. Finally we have created a barrier line along walkway fencing that we plant annual flowers for all to enjoy.

Our goal is to purchase various supplies that we can use to help teach financial literacy to our students within the described outdoor classroom areas.

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ACH- Teaching Financial Literacy in Horticulture Program

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School:
Paul B. Stephens 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Robert Spartz 
Students Impacted:
220 
Grade:
K-12 
Date:
August 5, 2019

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Only $1,000.00 Needed

 

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Goal

At our special school we have a horticulture area that we use for school wide programs. We have a shade house to grow plants that require less light. Within our horticulture garden area we have an open matted weed barrier where we can grow container and potted plants. Additionally, we have a misting table used to get seeds started in small pots and trays. We also have an area tilled up to grow farm and garden produce in rows. Finally we have created a barrier line along walkway fencing that we plant annual flowers for all to enjoy.

Our goal is to purchase various supplies that we can use to help teach financial literacy to our students within the described outdoor classroom areas. 

 

What will be done with my students

It can be commonly known that 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, commercial gardeners, and in our case even our students parents. This grant is based around a practical investigation into how well different growing media can be used to assess costs, make money, follow a budget, create consumer awareness for what we offer, and reinvest the proceeds if sold.

Students will be taught how to grow seeds, plants, shrubs, and various produce to eventually use around our campus or to sell the various types. Through using our school's 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. It also allows for us to teach the breakdowns of costs and benefits for the items utilized with the grant. 

 

Benefits to my students

From day to day we are faced with many decisions. Many of our decisions are simple, such as: what should I eat today? But others are more complex, such as: how should I spend a limited amount of money to get the greatest return on investment?

As we develop our decision-making skills are used and enhanced. A person’s quality of life improves in correlation to them. A person's smarter choices result in better use of their time, money, and other valuable resources. This project helps 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 and gardening 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/or cafeteria. Our students also benefit from all classes being given access to seeing what we produce and grow.

Economic considerations along with financial literacy 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 decision making is essential in the horticulture and gardening industry. This understanding will help our students understand the benefits from our horticulture program and see how it relates to career choices.

With full funding of this grant we will be able to provide many volunteering classes and students the opportunity to grow something specific to each class's choices 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. We will look at how 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 236 special needs (ESE) students within a center school. We serve students with many different exceptionalities.

We deeply appreciate you in advanced for your consideration with funding this project. 

 

Budget Narrative

We will purchase needed supplies such as tools, plants, pots, bulbs, shrubs, various seeds and soil to grow items that can be sold or used within the outdoor classroom, gardening, and horticulture area. 

 

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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Only $1,000.00 Needed

 

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