“Growing Green” Grant Provides Students at Fitzhugh-Lee Center A Chance To Learn Life Skills With New Greenhouse

Students at the Fitzhugh Lee Center of HAVEN Academy have a new way to learn social and job-related life skills – a brand new greenhouse, funded by a special federal grant. The Georgia Learn and Serve “Growing Green” grant is focused on improving students’ voices in the process of learning and enhancement of civic responsibility.

The greenhouse will be an outdoor interactive classroom for students at the Fitzhugh-Lee Center. Activities will include growing plants, fruits and vegetables in the greenhouse, packaging food, and preparing foods from the produce. The produce grown will be used in a variety of ways, including food preparation at school and donations to a local food bank. Students will have an active voice in what they would like to grow and have an opportunity to be a part of a student advisory group.

The Fitzhugh-Lee Center has enlisted its Partners in Education, The Optimist Club and Smyrna Assembly of God, to assist with the project. The volunteer program at CSX transportation of Lithia Springs has also pitched in to help construct the greenhouse.

Before the end of the 2008-09 school year, Fitzhugh-Lee will host an open house for the community and parents to show how the “Growing Green” grant benefits students. For more information about this project, please contact Debbie Adelman, building administrator at Fitzhugh Lee School.