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Grantee Blog 2020

Out with the Old and in with the New

Due to the current public health crisis, the Bridgeton Public Schools had to tweak their original strategies to promote healthy eating and physical activity.  Originally, the goal was to have a new greenhouse donated and installed alongside the existing greenhouse that has become an outdoor classroom for many enthusiastic high school students eager to learn about hydroponics. In addition to the health crisis, space restraints for where to build the new greenhouse became an issue.  Amazingly, the current hydroponic greenhouse was not the first greenhouse at the Bridgeton High School.   There was a greenhouse built for students to study horticulture that has been out of use for decades and has come into disrepair and turned into a storage shed of sorts.   This greenhouse is located directly in front of the hydroponic greenhouse and is in the perfect location for the new greenhouse.  However, instead of tearing down the old greenhouse, the Bridgeton Public Schools has decided to renovate the existing structure to return it to its original glory.  Once cleared out, the plastic siding that has become cloudy with age will be replaced with new polycarbonate sheeting to allow light to enter the space.  A thick black weed barrier will cover the floor to prevent weeds from growing.  There are also plans to update the plumbing, electrical, and heating to bring them up to date.  The hydroponic greenhouse had become part of the district’s curriculum at the high school and a class has even been built around the greenhouse.  Once completed, this renovated greenhouse will allow more students to experience the benefits of these outdoor classrooms.

About the Grantee

Bridgeton Board of Education

The Mission is to provide multiple pathways for students to attain the NJ Student Learning Standards and to meet the needs of our diverse student population. All students will be provided with the opportunity and resources to succeed through the creation of safe learning environments, which will enable students to graduate from high school and become productive member of a global community.