Greenhouse project introduces students to a facet of STEM

Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) Young Growers program has hosted the last two elementary schools for this year (2019) – Northport Elementary and St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

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                                                       Students of Northport Elementary School

The Young Growers program is unique in that it combines senior secondary students in a leadership role and young elementary school students in a mutual learning environment.

Students from each elementary school took part in the program where they got their hands dirty planting and learning the science of where and how plants are grown.

                        St. Joseph’s school student toured the ‘hoop house’

Teacher Keith Day created the program to take young students through the cycle of plant growth and, over the years, has fostered an interest for students in the field of horticultural science, many of whom have gone on to post-secondary studies in the sciences.

The program is completely self-sufficient through the sale of Spring plants each year to the public, and donations from local businesses such as Mowbray’s Canadian Tire, as it receives no funding support from the local school board.