School Garden grants
I am Yvonne Kehoe, a Special-Education Teacher at Francis Howell North High School (FHN) in Saint Charles, Missouri. I began recruiting interest in a school garden from my Recycling Club and Vegetarian Club members. During our recycling rounds on Tuesdays after school, we were saddened to see fruits (partial and whole) in trash cans in the Lunch Room. We sent word out to community patrons and teachers for donations of compost bins. From there, the idea of a school garden was incubated. I enrolled in the Master Gardeners program at the Missouri University Extension in St. Peters, Missouri to learn more about plants, as I am a novice gardener. In October 2016, I went to a local seed swap and acquired free seeds from local farmers. I asked the Science Department at our school if I could germinate those seeds in their unused Green House; they agreed. Through many hours of blood, sweat, and tears, we have planted them in donated containers, using soil we scrounged up. Our young, small garden is in full bloom now. But, we need so much more. The Vegetarian Club held a few fund-raising veggie dinners and have earned approximately $450.00 to help us acquire garden supplies piece by piece. All other funds have come out of my pocket. I applied for school grants from Wal-Mart and was denied. I applied for a school grant from Kohl's Tool's for Education, and was denied...and the list continued. I have approached the Engineering teacher at FHN in hopes of collaborating on a hydroponic system that our engineering students (through Project-Lead-the-Way) could design and begin to harvest "school-grown" produce to be used in our foods classes. The Engineering teacher is "all in." But, as you know, all things cost money. Please let me know what type of paperwork I need to complete to be considered for your $1,000 garden grant. I will appreciate, and put to good use, any monies awarded and will proudly bear your company's name as a benefactor. Thank you for your services. Sincerely, Yvonne Kehoe Teacher of Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Special-Education Teacher Volunteer Recycling Club Sponsor Volunteer Vegetarian Club Sponsor Volunteer Garden Club Sponsor [email protected] 636-851-4960
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There is no formal paperwork - all we ask for is a letter telling us why you would be the best choice, which you've done. :) The deadline for the 2018 sponsorship is the end of August, so you can expect to hear from us sometime after that. Best of luck!