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Troy Middle School in Joliet will use science grant for greenhouse program

Troy Middle School science capstone teacher Barbara Will-Henn (center) is pictured with TMS Principal Renee Marski and Dwain Ackermann, of Ackerman Insurance Group, who donated $500 through the Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education that will go toward a science project in Will-Henn’s classroom and for the school’s garden and science clubs.
Troy Middle School science capstone teacher Barbara Will-Henn (center) is pictured with TMS Principal Renee Marski and Dwain Ackermann, of Ackerman Insurance Group, who donated $500 through the Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education that will go toward a science project in Will-Henn’s classroom and for the school’s garden and science clubs.

Students at Troy Middle School this year will be able to better learn about plant science after Meemic Insurance and Foundation Advocate Dwain Ackerman delivered a $500 grant from the Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education to the school’s science capstone exploratory teacher, Barbara Will-Henn.

The district recently erected an 8-by-12-foot greenhouse on school property, and the additional funding will allow purchases of a hydrating system, growing benches, trellising, pots, seeds and other items.

With them, Will-Henn said students in the school’s garden and science clubs, as well as students in science classes, will be able to grow edible plants from seed to harvest. 

They will learn soil science, seed science, propagation, names and functions of plant parts, what plants need to grow and survive, the life cycle of plants, plant taxonomy and garden design.

Students may also carry out botanical experiments and draw conclusions from their research.

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