Kids Are Growing Grant
Or students applied for—and were awarded—a 2012 “Kids Are Growing” grant by the Washington State Potato Commission. Our kids did a fantastic job; they planned out where they would put the greenhouse and garden boxes they want to build, priced materials needed, developed a proposed planting and harvesting timeline, and researched composting. The final grant application was a collective effort and reflects our student’s passion both for learning and the environment. Look at a section of the grant application River Day students put together. Because the scanned document is very light in some places, the text is transcribed below.
Dear Kids Are Growing,
We are students from River Day School in grades second through fifth. Our teachers thought we should write this grant because we are the students that will benefit from winning a greenhouse and one thousand dollars. If we win this grant we will be very busy building and learning throughout the process.
Our school is a small, private elementary school. We are located near the downtown area. Our school is very awesome inside, but outside is a different story. We don’t have a playground, or any green space, but we have a parking lot. We want to have a greenhouse, raised beds and a compost bin in our parking lot.
Winning a greenhouse would make our school more green. With the money from the grant we plan to build a three bin compost, and several raised beds. Composting will make us have less garbage and will be food for our garden. With a greenhouse and raised beds we would be able to have a garden. It will allow us to grow fruits and vegetables. Every Friday we cook lunch together and we could use the fruits and vegetables we raise, and that would save us money. We could take our classroom outside and it would give us something to do outdoors. Our school could use that greenhouse and the money to make our school greener.
We would learn and experience a lot from having a greenhouse. The students at our school would learn several lessons about plants. For instance, how plants grow, what plants need to grow, how to plant different plants, and the difference between organic plants and processed or commercial plants. We will learn about photosynthesis; not everyone knows what this means…yet. The experience will teach us responsibility because we will need to maintain the plants. For example, we would water the plants, mix the dirt and compost, and as the plants get bigger we would have to move them out of the greenhouse to the raised beds. While building the compost bin and raised beds we would learn about measurement. The construction would require us to follow the directions that we printed online. We would learn how to use tools like: tape measures, hand saws, tin snips and screw drivers. Most of all we would learn how to work together. Getting a greenhouse, building raised beds and a compost bin would be a great opportunity.
Students at River Day School