Life Skills Students Tower Over School Garden with Elk’s Beacon Grant

Life Skills Students Tower Over School Garden with Elk’s Beacon Grant
Posted on 09/12/2018
Life Skills Students Tower Over School Garden with Elk’s Beacon Grant

The Island Coast High School Life Skills class will receive the 2019 Beacon Grant from the Elks Lodge #2596 on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 9:00am in the school lobby. Students will use this grant to grow a garden under the guidance of their teachers, Joe Mallon from the Academy of Natural Resources, and Robert Snyder from Life Skills. Mr. Snyder applied for this grant so that “students with disabilities would have the opportunity to grow tomatoes, different varieties of lettuce, and herbs.”

Some of the plants will be grown using a Tower Garden and others will be planted in raised garden beds. The two types of gardens are specifically designed to meet the needs of Life Skills students. According to Roberts, “The Tower Garden allows students to grow a garden indoors using hydroponics. The other garden is elevated to better meet the needs of students with disabilities.”

The Beacon Grant will help students understand the responsibility of maintaining a garden, including the importance of weeding, watering, and fertilizing. It also incorporates math, science, collaboration, and interpersonal skills.

Richard Kampf and other members of the Elks Lodge will present Mr. Snyder and his Life Skills students with the Beacon Grant for $2,000