Posted Date: 09/06/2018
A construction project behind Chanute High School is benefitting two groups of students this fall. Bobbie Forrest’s construction students used shovels to break ground Friday for a new greenhouse that Caitlyn Wedel’s Agricultural Science students will use in classes and for projects.
Both sets of students took turns with the shovels before the construction students finished “grubbing off” the grass and removing a layer of topsoil. Next, they’ll add chat back to build a base for the concrete slab foundation for the building.
The teachers are excited about the joint venture.
“This will be a great experience for my students,” Forrest said. “We do not always get to pour concrete so this provides that opportunity.”
“Bobbie has done a lot of hard work to get this site ready and all the logistics behind the construction,” Wedel said. The greenhouse is a pre-fabricated kit and is to arrive in pieces this week. Once the concrete is poured, his students will assemble the 24- by 12-foot structure.
“We will also observe the electrician as he does the trenching and the install of fan motors and lighting,” Forrest said. “We should be able to finish in three to four weeks.”
Wedel has lots of plans for the building’s use.
Students will start plants from seed, perform plant propagation techniques, learn how to operate a greenhouse structure properly and complete science fair projects, she said.
“This greenhouse will benefit our program by allowing us to utilize it for hands-on techniques at a smaller scale,” she said. Above all, it is providing some responsibility for the students to see their beginning product follow through to result.
“As classes go on, they will get to decide what varieties of plants they would like to grow and we will have a small plant sale at the end of the year, or use those flowers for landscape around the school,” Wedel said.
“The Greenhouse Project is partially funded by a grant and donations,” said Superintendent Steve Parsons. “This project demonstrates how collaboration and innovation can work hand in hand to give students new and varied learning opportunities which can benefit them for the rest of their lives.”