Greenhouse addition helps students better understand the environment

Alondra Mata, Editor-in-Chief

   Protecting the environment can be as simple as just joining a club. Often, people assume aiding a helping hand is far more complicated than it really is.

   The safest and most effective way to advocate for the environment is by speaking up and spreading information throughout communities. By doing so, it not only brings awareness to the general public but also opens up conversations regarding environmental issues.

   Science teacher Josh Geldersma is the Green Club advisor. He took over this club to make students aware of global issues like climate change.

   “It will be great if it enacts change in our community to respect and appreciate the life around us,” said Geldersma.

   Since starting the club, Geldersma has yet to experience much student involvement. Regardless, this has not stopped him from pursuing his intentions for the club. It only motivates him to start new projects for the school.

   One of Geldersma’s latest projects is greenhouses, one of the two will be located near his classroom, room 204, and the other one outside room 212. Both greenhouses will be near the science wing of the building. 

   The greenhouse will be in partnership with Vista Grande Villa, which has donated all the appropriate facilities to build the greenhouse. Construction is expected to start soon and should be in use by springtime.

   Science teacher Rhonda Drumm was a former Green Club advisor before passing it on to Geldersma. Drumm is also working with Geldersma and Vista Grande Villa to build and use the greenhouses. 

   Not only will the greenhouse be used for any students learning about botany, but the fresh produce will be donated to individuals in the community with little to no access to these resources. 

   The school will also be collectively involved with the greenhouse by using all decomposable waste from the lunchroom as fertilizer to help grow fruits and vegetables. 

   “I think the intergenerational part will be a good opportunity for the students to learn something from the older generations,” said Drumm.

   Geldersma hopes the greenhouse will be built and ready for use by the start of the third trimester, around early March. In the meantime, he will be organizing teams to help water and tend to the plants. He plans to have his Green Club members assist him in many of these tasks and also teach them to be self-sustainable. 

   The greenhouse will significantly contribute to the community and the families.