WISTER–The Wister Public Schools has received a $978.72 grant from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation to provide a HydroFarm Growth Chamber in the high school Family and Consumer Sciences classroom.
This growth chamber will be used to show students how to grow an indoor hydroponics herb garden. The grant is part of the Classroom Enhancement Program that supports activities and programs at select schools in rural Oklahoma that will improve the classroom experience for students.
“We are so pleased to have received this grant,” says Rachel Pugh. She further explains that this project is designed to give the students an opportunity to have meaningful hands-on experiences growing edible plants by combining the Life Skills curriculum from Family and Consumer Sciences with traditional Earth Science curriculum.
A cross-curricular approach to learning fosters an appreciation of science and stimulates students’ curiosity into how science plays a role in everyday life.
“This is just another one of the exciting new things we are doing at Wister School to engage our students and ensure they get the best education possible,” Pugh said.
The Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, Paula Midgley, decided to write the grant because she wanted to show her students that using a basic hydroponic lab will enable them to learn a skill that they can take home and immediately use with their family now, and one that will stay with them throughout their lifetime.
“This is exactly the focal point of FACS curriculum,” said Midgley, “Ensuring kids leave school with an education that prepares them for college while teaching life skills that improve their overall quality of life.”
Middle school students and freshmen (7th-9th) who are enrolled in the Family and Consumer Sciences courses will cover several units of study that will go hand in hand with the HydroFarm Growth Chamber. These units include Nutrition and Wellness, Learning to Cook, Living Green, Making Families Stronger, Promoting Good Health, Using a Recipe, and Planning and Serving Meals. High School students (grades 10-12) will utilize this project while studying the course, Chemistry of Food, which includes units of study in the areas of Properties of Water, Acids and Bases, Nutrition and the Body, and Making Healthy Food Choices.
The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was founded by the late Carolyn Watson, CEO and chairman of Shamrock Bank, N.A., in 1995 to improve the quality of life in rural Oklahoma communities. Through its two grant programs, the organization promotes education, health, literacy and arts and the humanities in 20 Oklahoma counties. Since its inception, the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation has awarded nearly $900,000 in grants to schools, teachers, and communities in rural Oklahoma. Additionally, the Carolyn Watson Opportunities Scholarship offers awards of up to $10,000 per academic year for high school seniors graduating from 62 rural Oklahoma counties to attend college. For more information, visit www.ruraloklahoma.org.
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