Press Release: 10-21-2011
Andrew Cooke Magnet School’s science curriculum will soon receive a $5,000 boost, after the school was named the winner of the Gardener’s Supply, Inc. Green Thumb Challenge grant.
Cooke beat out schools from across the country to earn the Green Thumb Challenge’s top award. The grant application required staff to submit a five-minute video highlighting the school’s Growing Green Science Curriculum, its greenhouse, and school yard garden.
The Growing Green curriculum, which is taught at Cooke by science teacher Mr. Todd Freer, helps students understand the interrelationships between soil, water, energy, air, plants/ flowers/ pollination/ seeds and gardening, and how these interrelating systems lead to healthier students and a healthy environment around them.
Cooke staff plan to use the grant in part to help repair the ventilation system in the school’s greenhouse. “Because of insufficient ventilation, the greenhouse temperature often exceeds 130 degrees during the summer months, which makes it nearly impossible to grow plants.
“With a fully functional greenhouse Cooke will be able to provide our students, our parents, and our community with the skills needed to grow food, native, and horticultural plants to beautify the community, increase wildlife, improve nutrition, save money on food, make smarter grocery decisions, and practice sustainable horticulture. And hopefully when our students graduate from 5th grade they will understand that science is not just a class, but an everyday occurrence,” said Mr. Freer.
Cooke’s video submission can be seen online at: www.youtube.com/user/smoro100?blend=2&ob=5#p/u/0/dFlY-eKjiP0
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A view inside Cooke's greenhouse.