EDISON, NJ – J.P. Stevens High School will be celebrating the annual J.P. Day, on Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. at 855 Grove Ave. The event will culminate the 2015 Fundraising Drive.

Last year’s donations raised $15,000 and included donations from parents, the PTSO and the classes of 2013 and 2014. The greenhouse installation was completed on Aug. 25. This year’s fundraising will help to furnish the greenhouse with composting wigwams, tables, planters, root-cloning systems and gardens tools.

John P. Stevens High School, a registered Eco School with over 2,200 students, will utilize the greenhouse by educating students about the importance of creating an environmentally clean and safe ecosystem and providing cross curricular opportunities throughout the school.

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Culinary Arts classes will experience the farm to table concept by growing the produce and spices they will use in their own cooking. Local farmers will be invited to teach students a variety of farming techniques.  In order to maintain and help support the greenhouse, students will cook with the produce, creating breads, pies, and salads to sell to the community.  

Students in the Multiply Disabled (MD) program will assist with maintaining the greenhouse as well as operating a farm stand that will feature produce and products directly from the greenhouse. Besides collaborating with the school’s marketing and advertising classes, the students will maintain budgets and finances associated with the greenhouse.

The art department will aid in this cross curricular project by designing a logo for the JPS Farm Stand that the MD students will also use on apparel and accessories that will be worn by the JPS Farm Stand employees and marketed to community members. Additionally, the logo will be used to create reusable shopping bags, printed with tips for living green.

Biology and Environmental Science classes will study the process of photosynthesis in action, collect water from rain barrels to water the plants, and facilitate and implement the use of worm wigwams in the cafeteria for students and staff to reduce waste.  

Raffles, activities and refreshments will be available at the Oct. 17 event.  Raffle tickets may be purchased online at http://jpsgreenhouse.weebly.com.