An innovative teacher uses grants to improve life skills learning in a greenhouse, and the impact on students has been extremely beneficial.
Life Skills teacher Annette Cline developed a project called GROWL, or “Growing Responsible Owners of the World in Which We Live”. The Oak Grove Middle School teacher has coordinated a school and community collaboration to build a garden area with a greenhouse and raised beds.
“It’s going really good,” Cline said. “I see (the students) growing, building confidence and becoming more independent with it. The whole school is behind us offering help.”
Cline came up with a project that would expand the garden area, and build a greenhouse. Plans are in the works to add work benches, too. Students are seeding, transplanting, and harvesting crops. Cline says that the activities continue her Life Skills students’ education in math, science, reading, and social skills.