R-5 High School Garden Project
R-5 High School needs YOUR HELP to build a garden and greenhouse.
We are an alternative school of choice where students find a structure and system that allows them to remediate credit as well as re-engage with school. R-5 High School serves students who, for multiple reasons, have been dropped or are at extreme risk of dropping out of high school. Our learners work on career-ready skills (building a resume, personal finance, and team collaboration) in addition to college preparation.
Facts about R-5 Learners (430 documented)
· 89 learners come from a family with background in alcohol, drugs, and or abuse.
· 100 have been expelled at some point.
· 42 have a parent in prison.
· 41% are minority learners – the highest in the district
· 98% of our learners have at-risk factors that meet AEC criteria, which include:
detention; inactivation for at least one semester prior to enrollment; expulsion; drug or alcohol using parents/guardians; gang involvement; child abuse and neglect; imprisoned parents/guardians: domestic violence; repeated school suspensions; pregnancy or has become a parent; immigration; homelessness; serious psychiatric or behavior disorders; over traditional age and lacking credit hours; and habitual truancy.
R-5 Students Have A Future
Our learners are persistent. Despite all the problems in their lives, they are resilient and are determined to graduate. They still have dreams and goals.
· R-5 graduates went from 51 to 104 to 105 in the last three years.
· Hispanic graduation rate went from 7% to 40% to 42% in the last three years.
Projects Based Learning
R-5 offers a project-based learning format for its students to earn accelerated credit and re-engage in school. Projects involves four content teachers (math, science, English, and social studies) and about 55 learners working in one space. Each four-week project is chosen to be relevant, engaging, and challenging. Learners experience flexible grouping and collaboration as they pursue a final project that demonstrates the learning they accomplished. Projects has become an essential part of R-5’s engagement strategy in giving learners a choice between traditional classes or projects.
We are committed to a future in which school garden education helps children become healthy adults who eat their fruits and vegetables, know the basics of growing food, and contribute to a thriving community.
(a model greenhouse)
What is the money for??
Gardening tools and supplies: trees, soil, seeds, tables, insulation, and tools (e.g., wheelbarrows and shovels), and an irrigation drip system for our learners to install.
The best part is? Our learners are doing all the work! We just need the supplies.
We’ll keep adding pictures, but you can see their progress on building a retaining wall for our school and building a greenhouse, too. That's right, our students are putting in a lot of hard work. We plan to grow food and sell it as a school fundraising project.
automated drip system: $500
work shed: $200
water system: $1600
compost bins: $500
20 Gamma 55 gallon plastic drum: $1200
And miscellaneous tools: $880
We're so grateful for all your help.