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Nevada Department of Education donates to new school garden

Meteorology Association plans to bring positive change to the school
Amelia Castellanos
Starting to prepare the garden, sophomore Adrienne Vera-Perez helps to collect soil samples. The club has been gathering samples to determine when to plant certain crops in the garden. “We take a bunch of soil to test the pH and if it would be good for growing in Mrs. Horner’s classroom,” Vera-Perez said. “We realized that it wouldn’t be the best time to plant stuff in the garden right now. That’s going to be something we do later in the year, probably after winter break.”

After much waiting, the Meteorology Association club’s gardening project has been financed by a grant from the Nevada Department of Education. The grant money will be used for future garden expansion, research, and supplies.

“We’ve been looking for money opportunities a lot for the past few months now and we’re excited to finally start getting it going,” club treasurer Maximilian Aller said. “Philip, our vice president, came up with the idea in the summer. He wanted something new and cool. We thought the same way because this school felt boring.”

The Nevada Department of Education funded $600 for the indoor gardening project. The club members plan on growing fruits and vegetables to aid the Culinary program.

“We are also partaking in the beautification project for the school,” Environmental Club representative Carmen Ruiz said. “Our people get to see all the hard work we did with the garden and hopefully that will get us new members towards both the Meteorology Association and Environmental Club.”

The Meteorology Association reached an arrangement with the Windmill Nursery and Star Nursery to use their space to grow the garden. Club members are waiting for the pumpkin season to end in order to use that space in Windmill Nursery.

“This is very promising and exciting for us because the Windmill Nursery and Star Nursery agreed to let us use their equipment,” Ruiz said. “It’s awesome that they agreed to let us go to their facilities and be able to do our garden there.”

Furthermore, the Meteorology Association focuses on encouraging participation from the student body.

”I think it’s gonna be great when the garden gets funded because it becomes more of a community thing as people are going to contribute to the garden,” Chief Meteorologist Brian Price said. “We’re happy to get this started and possibly turn it into a place where everyone can go in to get volunteer hours.”

Price intends to put in effort to achieve the Meteorology Club’s goal of making this school a place for people to look forward to.

“I wanted to make a garden because it felt like nothing really crazy has happened in the last few years,” Price said. “I wanted to bring change to the school to leave as a legacy so people can continue to work on it after I graduate.”

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    Brian PriceNov 30, 2023 at

    The windmill nursery = Windmill Library

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      Adrienne Vera-PerezDec 1, 2023 at