My students proposed numerous projects and we successfully completed 2 of them with another one that has been started.
1. 3 Tower Gardens by Juice Plus were purchased and placed around the school. My students were able to purchase the gardens plus all of the extra accessories that were available. These gardens were placed in the three offices in the school so that parents, students and community members were able to see them.
2. My students were able to plan, present and build a rainwater irrigation system. This is project required many different components and at the end we have a rainwater diverter coming off the downspout leading into 525 gallon drum which stores the water that we use for the irrigation system. This is controlled via a wifi controller on my cell phone.
What challenges did or does your project face?
1. Our proposal was initially denied by the City of Dublin so my students had to redesign the project to meet the necessary standards.
2. Because of the time crunch at the end of the year, my students were not able to attach the plastic to the hoop house frames. Next year, my students will be attaching the plastic so we can use the hoop houses when the weather gets a little cooler.
How are you working to overcome them?
My environmental science classes next fall will take over with the project and finish the hoop houses as well as continue to utilize the tower gardens.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
Persistence is key. Keep working hard and persevering through all the nos. Our initial project was not approved but my students continued to revisit their plan until they got the ok to continue. They were also very persistent in asking for donations via social media, texts and emails. We were in the lead until the very end and then lost in the final hours.