Students in the Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students (PEGS) at Rose Acres won a $10,000 grant in 2020 to purchase three hydroponic towers and have now put the grant project into action. They wrote the grant to show students how to grow healthy foods and to provide the food to the community.
Two years ago, Aliyah Brown and Eva Pulley were in third grade and wrote the grant for the Super Health, Super You Challenge created by Novo Nordisk, a multinational pharmaceutical company devoted to defeating diabetes. What started off as just an assignment to learn about grant writing under teacher Robin Chang’s direction was named a winner in the contest and the students received the funding to purchase the hydroponic towers.
“Since we’re back in school full time now after COVID, we were able to purchase the towers and we put them all together so we could start growing stuff,” said Pulley, who is now in fifth grade.