MVSB’s recent donation of $2500 to Inter-Lakes Elementary School’s (ILES) Living Classroom greenhouse project has put the school even closer to its fundraising goal of $65,000. With these funds, the school plans to build a 24’x 48’ rigid-frame poly-carbonate greenhouse that will provide interactive and experiential learning opportunities to students of all grade levels.
“Today’s generation is the first to grow up ‘indoors’ and ‘plugged in’ and we believe this Living Classroom is an important tool for reconnecting children with nature,” said Dr. Steven Kelley, Inter-Lakes Elementary School Principal. “We are so appreciative of the support from Meredith Village Savings Bank and other community partners to help us bring new, engaging learning experiences to the Inter-Lakes Elementary School students.”
The Living Classroom initiative is focused on constructing and supporting a state of the art greenhouse on the Inter-Lakes Elementary School grounds in Meredith. This new teaching environment will promote active learning for students and provide learning experiences in all academic areas. With a supplemental heating design utilizing subterranean heat and solar energy, the greenhouse will operate year round with a minimal amount of purchased electricity. The space will include creatively designed outdoor garden beds, a composting center and will be large enough to hold 20 students and their educator(s). For more information about the project or to make a donation, please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/interlakesgreenhouse/
Caption: Dr. Steven Kelley, Principal of Inter-Lakes Elementary School and Charleen Hughes, Branch and Business Development Officer hold a 3D model of the proposed Living Classroom greenhouse constructed by Inter-Lakes Elementary School students