The Cherokee County Farm Bureau and Free Home Elementary are teaming up to build a greenhouse for the elementary school and a number of community entities are pitching in to help fund the project.
Kelly Marlow, District 1 Cherokee County School Board member, donated two months of the stipend she receives for the position, $278, to Free Home Elementary and the Cherokee County Farm Bureau. The Cherokee County Farm Bureau is a Partner-In-Education with Free Home Elementary School, and the two are building a greenhouse for the students on the property.
Karen Carl, principal of Free Home Elementary, and Rhonda Patterson, EIP Teacher, will be attending the Agricultural Conference in Minnesota to learn new skills to support the greenhouse. Carmen Power, fourth grade teacher, has written for and received grant money for the project.
Nichelle Stewart, Promotion and Education chairman for Cherokee County Farm Bureau, has written and received grant money to support the project as well.
Matt Roper, Young Farmer chairman for the Farm Bureau, has also received some donation money.
The greenhouse is now being purchased and should be ready for the students when they return to school in August. The students will plant and harvest vegetables while learning about the process of planting.
Miles Heath, a licensed contractor, is volunteering his time to oversee the project.