R-5 High School Garden Project

$750 of $8,500 goal

Raised by 18 people in 1 month
Donald Trujillo  GRAND JUNCTION, CO
Attention Mesa County and Western Colorado!

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.

Garden 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.

trees: $1300
soil: $1120
seeds: $400
tables: $200
insulation: $400
automated drip system: $500
work shed: $200
fertilizer: $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.

Thank you!
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Ruth Deacon Mitchell
1 month ago

This is a wonderful project teaching high school students to grow food and work together.

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$750 of $8,500 goal

Raised by 18 people in 1 month
Created February 15, 2017
Cecilia Turner
13 days ago

love to donate to help out students

Pam Chiaro
20 days ago
Christy Turner
20 days ago

Thank you for all the good work you do at R5.

Heather McPherson
23 days ago
Taryn Brahmsteadt
25 days ago
Sandy Maguire
27 days ago
Ed and Brenda Chandler
29 days ago

An awesome project for the students and the community. We can't wait to see both the plants and students involved grow and blossom.

1 month ago
Lisa Adams
1 month ago
Sheri Kangas
1 month ago

This is what educational reform looks like. We need to see more projects like this for ALL students.

Ruth Deacon Mitchell
1 month ago

This is a wonderful project teaching high school students to grow food and work together.

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