Raised beds = funds

first_imgDeep budget cuts have school administrators searching for creative ways to raise money for learning opportunities. Typically, students sell sweets and wrapping paper to raise funds. Fifth-graders at High Shoals Elementary School in Athens, Ga., are growing and selling produce.The High Shoals Environmental Club teamed up with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to install raised gardening beds at the school. On Sept. 12, the students planted the first seedlings. Some of the fruits and vegetables will be ready to harvest in two weeks. The plants, which were donated by UGA Cooperative Extension, include wintergreens such as kale, Swiss chard, collards and lettuce, as well as beets and herbs. Set up as a community supported agriculture garden, the student’s are pre-selling shares of the produce and have already raised $500. Through the garden project, the students are learning to become entrepreneurs. They are also learning the science behind growing food, how to make healthy eating decisions and trying vegetables they may not have eaten before. “The knowledge they learn through the garden is something they can take with them and benefit from for the rest of their lives,” said Linda Cooper, the club’s advisor and a HSES teacher.Many of the students have never eaten food they grew in a backyard garden. Student Claire Reuter, 10, is eager to learn new gardening practices. “We have a garden at home, but we’ve never put a lot of effort into it. I’m excited to know how to grow [vegetables] better,” she said. “I am really looking forward to eating what we grow.”The four raised garden beds were built by Famer D Organics with startup funds donated by Scott Angle, CAES dean and director. Angle worked with Cooper to develop the garden as an alternative school fundraiser. “Our goal is to help children better understand where their food comes from. And, in particular, we hope to establish a lifelong appreciation for locally grown food as well as for the people who produce it,” Angle said. The students are already brainstorming post-harvest plans for their crops. While many were interested in donating their share of the produce, others plan to sell their shares at the farmers market. Cooper plans to expand the garden with grants and expects the entire school to become involved. Angle hopes the HSES CSA becomes a fundraising model for other elementary schools to follow.last_img read more

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Beautification of Keshi’s Illah Country-home Begins

first_imgOmon-Julius Onabu in AsabaAs activities toward the burial ceremonies of former Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, reach advance stage, renovation work has commenced at the country-home of the late football icon at Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State.This development has ended speculations in some quarters that Keshi might not be buried in his hometown because the late former Nigeria’s soccer coach had no building in the town. However, THISDAY learnt that Keshi actually built a house on a large expanse of land in the quiet part of Illah.Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, on Wednesday paid a visit to the house to see the extent of the renovation work as the town prepares to receive an array of personalities particularly from local and international sporting community coming for Keshi’s funeral later this month.Ukah, who was conducted round the house by the eldest brother of deceased coach, Mr Sylvester Keshi, and a nephew, Mr Eboka Ofuonye, disclosed that the visit was to see the extent of the renovation as the funeral was quite close.He noted that the Delta State Government was assisting the family to see that the house and its surrounding was put in good shape for the event considering the number and calibre of dignitaries expected “to come to pay their last respect to the fallen hero.”Ukah disclosed that Keshi’s burial ceremonies would begin in Abuja on July 26, 2016, and concluded with interment at Illah on July 29th and thanksgiving service expected to take place on July 31, 2016.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Truck destroyed after fire engulfs it early Tuesday morning

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis ALPENA, Mich. — A fire completely engulfed a truck on French Road around 6 in the morning on Tuesday. Firefighters are still figuring out what caused the fire.WBKB spoke with the owner of the truck. He said he woke up to an unknown person banging on his front door. The owner walked outside and said he saw flames reaching above the roof of his family’s one–story home.All of his work gear and tools were destroyed in the fire. Heat melted the side of the nearby car in the driveway.There are no reported injuries.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena High School students set expectations for the year during culture weekNext Women and babies of color face higher health care disparitieslast_img read more

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Neymar’s father in tax probe

first_imgThe father of Brazilian striker Neymar has been ordered to appear in a Spanish court as part of a probe into possible tax crimes over Barcelona’s signing of the superstar.Neymar da Silva Santos Senior has also been ordered to hand over documents relating to his son’s €86 million signing with Barcelona last year.The court is looking into allegations Spanish tax authorities lost some $11.8 million related to Neymar’s deal with the Spanish club.More to Follow……………….last_img

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