A donation of over $24,000 by Lowe’s Home Improvement will help students at one Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District campus learn more about conservation.
Buell Central Campus received two grants totaling $24,500.
According to Buell Central Social Studies Teacher Stacey Proctor, the project was inspired by a lesion on the “Homestead Act of 1862” teaching students about how the early settlers were able to keep over 160 acres of land if they raised livestock or cultivated.
“This PSJA Community Garden is open to the entire PSJA district and residents,” Proctor said in a press release. “We want students to learn to grow their own food and know where their food is coming from. Thank you to Lowe’s for their generous donation. They helped bring a dream to fruition.”
Proctor said the grants of $23,000 and $1,500 were used to create a “Greenhouse That Gives Back,” a solar-powered classroom equipped with a lab/kitchen and hydroponic system and several lifted outside garden beds accessible for all students. As part of the work, PSJA ISD students from middle school and high school employ a variety of project-based learning activities focused on sustainability and conservation inside and outside the classroom inspired by the United Nations-17 Sustainable Goals. Some of their many projects include hydroponic and aquaponics gardens, sustainable agriculture through vertical gardening, organic composting, and even the use of renewable energy through their own solar-powered golf cart and wind energy kite project.
“I am at a loss for words,” said Pharr Lowe’s Store Manager Bernardo Claros in a release. “It’s absolutely important for us to give through projects like these. As a company, we are honored to be part of something bigger and give back to our community.”