Agricultural education is all about hands-on learning, and through a donation from CHS, students at West Central Area High School will have an even greater opportunity for those important hands-on experiences in horticulture, agronomy and other plant-based classes.
The school’s agriculture program received a $10,000 grant from CHS Prairie Lakes to support the building of a school greenhouse. The greenhouse will be used to enhance current course offerings, with students able to experience year-round plant growth. Currently, the classes rely on what can be grown during the May to September growing season, which limits what students are able to learn during the school year.
Eric Sawatzke, agriculture instructor, is excited to develop a fully modernized hands-on plant science curriculum and facilities for West Central Area Schools.
“Not only will this be a highly educational space for students enrolled in Agricultural Education, but it will also provide a year round source of vegetables that will be useful for Family and Consumer Science classes, food service, and donations to the Grant County and Hoffman Food Shelves,” says Sawatzke. “A one time donation of this kind will provide decades of stable, nutritious food for the communities that make up the West Central Area School District and beyond.”
CHS is committed to supporting the development of youth agricultural education and has dedicated money to fund projects in safety and ag leadership through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship program.
“CHS Prairie Lakes has a strong history of supporting our local communities through our donation programs,” says Brad Manderschied, general manager, CHS Prairie Lakes. “We’re proud to be able to support this initiative. I look forward to students gaining exposure to agronomy through these course offerings, which tie into many careers we offer locally, including right at our Hoffman agronomy center.”
Since 2019, CHS retail locations have awarded more than $270,000 in matching funds through the program.