Spring has arrived in Fort Collins, and that means it's time to think about gardens, fresh food, spending more time outdoors. What better way to encourage a new generation of local eaters and green thinkers than by supporting a project focused on growing things?!
Flagstaff Academy, a public PreK-8 charter school in Longmont, Colorado is building a geodesic dome organic greenhouse to foster their science and technology focus.
Dubbed the "Greenhouse Classroom Project" the overall goal is to create an innovative place for reaching students and inspiring a lifelong love of learning.
The greenhouse structure will serve as an educational tool illustrating the proper use of earth’s resources and as an extension of the classroom. This living classroom will be used by teachers to offer students hands-on experiences when studying ecology, environmental stewardship, plant lifecycles, renewable energy, nutrition and much more.
This is also an opportunity for students to give back to the community by sharing the produce with a local food bank. Produce that is grown will also be used in a "sampling bar" for the students to enjoy with their lunches.
Flagstaff Academy has already raised $17K to date but they need your help to be able to start building the greenhouse classroom this summer!
During the month of May, the project is in the running to receive $5,000 in funding from Pepsi's Refresh Everything contest. Each month, 200 "ideas" are voted on per category. The top 10 are awarded the grant money.
Currently the Flagstaff Greenhouse Project is ranked 20th and it needs your votes to keep climbing the ranks!
Please help the greenhouse become a reality! Follow these simple steps:
1. Go to www.refresheverything.com
2. . Click “Join Refresh Everything” at the bottom of the page (in the blue tab).
3. Type “Flagstaff Greenhouse” into the search line and vote for us!
4. Then sign-in every day through May 31 and vote again.
5. E-mail, Facebook, or Twitter your family and friends and ask them to vote too.
You won’t receive e-mails from Pepsi unless you request it. Vote EVERY DAY; every email account can have it’s own login to vote!