J.P. Stevens Greenhouse Project Halfway to Goal


EDISON, NJ In an effort to make the school more in tune with the natural environment, Environmental Science teacher Laura Holborow, Special Education teachers Kate Rosenberg and Marissa Freeman along with Vice Principal Meredith Quick are collaborating to bring to JPS a greenhouse for the school community to enjoy and for students to use as a learning tool.

The drive to bring the 30X60 foot greenhouse to JPS started in September of 2014 is intended to benefit the school and teach students.

For my end I have wanted a greenhouse so that we can run experiments and start working toward being a more sustainable as a school community. I wanted to reduce the amount of biodegradable waste this school puts out by encouraging composting and recycling and promote sustainability within the school. The greenhouse project intends to do both, Holborow said.

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Edison High School will also pitch in with the project, as produce will also be sold at the ShopRite Supermarket Careers program, which is EHSs self-run supermarket that is managed by the multiply disabled program there.

This project is speculated to go on for the next 10-20 years, and the hope is that it will run forever, Holborow said.

With this in mind, the question of how to raise money for the project comes to mind. The project is being funded through a variety of fundraising events as well as grant writing and donations from local businesses and the PTSO, Vice Principal Meredith Quick said.

According to Quick the donations have accumulated to $15,000 thus far. In addition, Quick and the teachers who are part of this endeavor have applied for 12 grants, two of which were acquired. The grants, allocated by the Metuchen YMCA and PSE&G have brought in bring in $22,000.

With these contributions, JPS is over the halfway mark with $38,000 so far while there is still the matter of accumulating the other half to reach a goal of $65,000.

In light of this obstacle, the entire student body has pitched in to help with the project, putting their skills to work. To raise awareness of the cause, the students of the art and marketing classes of JPS will create a logo and help advertise any fundraisers that go towards the greenhouse.

When the greenhouse is finally up and running, maintaining it will involve the multiply disabled students to set up a stand at the Edison Farmers Market and sell produce over the summer months into the fall.  The business class at JPS will help the multiply disabled students manage this task hopefully in the near future once the goal to reach $65,000 is reached.

Ignacio Naik, a sophomore at J.P. Stevens High School, is participating in the journalism internship program with TAP into Edison.

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