Learning to Grow
Students work at Highland Adventist School greenhouse
ELKINS — Elementary students worked with high school students to prepare the Highland Adventist School greenhouse for the growing season this year. The high school students spent a morning adding amendments to the garden beds and working up the soil. A few days later, the elementary class planted tomatoes. Both groups are excited about both the great look of the greenhouse and the potential for large quantities of produce.
The school’s greenhouse was built in 2013 and has been the inspiration for classes in agriculture and small business management. From the beginning, the operation has used organic practices, avoiding artificial chemicals. This year the greenhouse will be used for growing tomatoes, herbs, strawberries, and green peppers. The produce will be used by the school or sold in the community.
“We believe that rigorous academics, by themselves, are not enough for our students,” states Cheryl Jacko, principal. “We use every opportunity we can to also involve all of our students in practical skills that will not only encourage good work habits, but will be useful in life. The greenhouse surely is helping with that goal.”
For more information about the school, which provides innovative, Christian curriculum for students in grades PreK-12, call 304-636-4274 and leave message or visit the website www.highlandadventistschool.org.