A Marquette County high school has been awarded a $5,000 grant that will help bring more fresh food into the lunchroom. The grant comes from a health endowment fund by the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Services Agency.
Negaunee High School Environmental Science Teacher Todd Backlund says the grant will be used to expand its agriculture program.
“My students chose to allocate $2,000 for purchasing local foods from local farmers at the beginning of the school year when it’s plentiful,” Backlund said. “And as the growing season winds down, the $3,000 would be used to purchase another hydroponics system.”
Junior Amara Rasmussen says the project provides a beneficial learning experience. “I feel like I get a lot more out of it because if you just sat down and taught me about it in class, I would probably take a test and forget about it,” Rasmussen said. “But getting out of the classroom and actually getting to do it, you get the experience and make connections and memories with it.”
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