Pupils put grant into glasshouse

Last updated 12:00 23/04/2013

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Dannevirke High School pupils are using their slice of $20,000 of community grants funding to fix up the school's glasshouse and grow native plants.

The school was one of eight successful applicants to receive $1575 from Horizons Regional Council's community grants funding last year and put the money towards glasshouse materials.

Year 13 woodwork pupils Ben Ericson, Sam Exeter and Stephen Potter, who have been helping the project in return for woodwork credits, said it had been a rewarding learning experience.

"It's something different that you wouldn't normally get to do," Stephen said.

"It'll be great to help out the community and you can really see the difference the improvements have made already."

So far the students have removed half of the old worn plastic on the glasshouse and replaced it with polycarbonate plastic, which has improved the amount of light that is let into the glasshouse and allows plant growth to be more efficient.

The school's agricultural and rural studies teacher Shane Story said once the greenhouse is finished it will allow year 9 and 10 pupils to grow native plants around the school and in the community.

The project, expected to be finished in the next few weeks, encourages pupils to preserve and enhance the environment, Mr Story said.

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