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Charter School Greenhouse

$395 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 8 people in 9 days
Jeff Matthews  UTICA, NY
Last September I began to volunteer exclusively with a local Charter School. I am a big fan of school choice, because my sole concern, is the student. Period.

Schools desperately need help in science. Being a Meteorologist, I began a Meteorology Club on campus. A small, dedicated group joined. Before we even met on day 1, one student, a 9th grader, helped procure a small greenhouse...not for any personal reasons...but to help science classes have some hands-on experience!
None of the teachers or staff took it upon themselves make it functional, so it remained empty, until January.

I volunteered again, and created a game-plan for design, contents, goals, etc. I decided we would grow foods we could incorporate into the school lunches! Therefore, the students would learn ecology, self sustainance, "going green". If it were successful, we would eventually campaign for a compost machine, to truly be self sustaining fom start to finish.

I began lobbying door-to-door, at local greenhouses and garden centers, to get donations. those that did, were mostly small stuff...but a few donated bigger ticket items or hard to find things.

On March 14, we had the biggest 1 day snowstorm on record, 36" in 18 hours. It caused a local college's dome...to collapse. As I am delivering the latest donations on March 16, I see the same has happened to our little greenhouse. It is a total loss.
I want to quit. The students do too. But what would be learned, if we do? And what could be learned, of we don't? So, after a couple friends suggested a GoFundMe, I decided, we will leave it to fate. Perhaps the lessons will be far greater than if we just quit...or if we never started this in the first place in January.

We are way behind the 8-ball now, because Spring is here, and we have no structure to even begin with, what has already been donated. The need is immediate and far more than we have resources for. I have nothing to offer you back, because I was doing this by colunteering and through donation anyway! What could I offer back?

From greatest to least, we require:
-A physical structure ($750 minimum)
-A watering system kit ($250 min)
-Tables/benches for plants (?)
-Heating system for year round ($500 min)
-Heat lamps ($250)
-Heating pads ($200)

I am leaving it in your hands. A lesson will be learned by the student body. I hope/pray it is a good one.
Thank you :)
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Update 3
Posted by Jeff Matthews
3 days ago
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I would appreciate the simple act of "retweeting" on your part, because without more people saying, "I'm in, I will do something", we are stuck at the quarter pole with nowhere to go. Thank you.
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Update 2
Posted by Jeff Matthews
4 days ago
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Update on the GoFundMe campaign for the UASCS Charter school greenhouse project...we are at the quarter pole and need your help. Donate, share, etc. The Observer Dispatch was kind enough to print an article on it Thursday, and now one of the local TV affiliates will do a story on it Monday. But if you are reading this, that's not what you need. You already know. We need others to know, and people to invest in the youth they say they want to promote and educate and make a priority. We need action. Perhaps you have a wheel-barrel, perhaps trays, perhaps a connection that will help us, perhaps $100, there are a hundred ways you "could" help.
Snow is melting, time is clicking away
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Update 1
Posted by Jeff Matthews
7 days ago
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Mike Roda from the Utica Observer-Dispatch came to visit the Meteorology Club at the UASCS Charter School earlier today, to ask questions, get pics, and watch a Club meeting. We REALLY appreciate the publicity, and we need your help, please. We are trying to tap any reservoir for revenue, because we can't do it ourselves. The project itself is a huge undertaking, for one adult and 5 students...much less the financial aspect. Please help. Now.
Mike from Utica OD interviews student
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$395 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 8 people in 9 days
Created March 19, 2017
MH
$50
Marcia Hendrickson
5 days ago

Best wishes reaching you goal.

PL
$25
Pat Lindau
5 days ago

I believe all schools should be teaching basic skills since parents don't seem to have the time to do so. Hope this small donation helps to get the group going again.

$20
Anonymous
5 days ago
WP
$50
William Pullano
7 days ago
CS
$50
charu saini
8 days ago
AB
$50
Amber Brazda
9 days ago

I know it's not much but I hope it helps.

MB
$100
Muhamed, Šejla Becirevic
9 days ago
TM
$50
Tara Millson
9 days ago

This would be great for the students! Thank you!

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