Lakeshore Principal Kevin Polston said the blueprint of the greenhouse dates back to when the school building opened in the fall of 1953, and it hasn’t undergone major reconstruction since.
On Thursday afternoon, seventh-graders in Ann Taylor’s class planted radish seeds in their first look at the space.
Trevor Kampenga, 12, said he didn’t know the school had a greenhouse until his teacher mentioned the project.
“Most school’s don’t have greenhouses,” he said.
Taylor said it’s been her project to have the greenhouse repaired — such as unclogging pipes, fixing a dripping irrigation system, and installing new glass and lights.
Taylor said she wants to give her students a chance to learn about agriculture firsthand because most students might not have grown food before. Down the road, they might incorporate business and economics into the work, and use some of the seeds and plants in the community garden at White Pines Middle School.
Taylor said it would be a way to bring the two middle schools together.
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