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A new greenhouse, and new bees, highlight Earth Day this spring at Tucker Maxon School on Holgate

DAVID F. ASHTON - With a snip of the garden shears, the new greenhouse at Tucker Maxon School is dedicated. This year, Earth Day – April 22 – was celebrated at Tucker Maxon School on S.E. Holgate Boulevard in the Reed neighborhood with two ecology-related projects: A new indoor beehive, and a greenhouse.

Before the students and staff at this high-rated private school for both deaf and hearing children – which specializes in teaching spoken language to the deaf – dedicated the new greenhouse, science instructor Jordan Nuccio showed off the new beehive.

"We applied received a grant through 'Whole Foods Markets', and worked with the company that makes these prefabricated, observational beehives for schools," Nuccio told THE BEE.

The actual glass-encased beehive is located inside a second-story classroom in the school; but conduits connect it with the outdoors, allowing bees to come and go as they please without having to pass through a classroom.

"This helps us have a better understanding of the significance of bees – a curriculum on which we've been working for the last four or five weeks," Nuccio remarked.

The school's hope is that the bees will also help pollinate its eight raised garden beds.

And, to give the garden a good start – thanks to grants from the Swindells Trust and from the Sturdibuilt Greenhouse Manufacturing Company – everyone gathered near the south end of school's property, at the entrance to the new cedar greenhouse.

Several volunteers installed the foundation and helped erect the greenhouse, which is large enough for several students to work inside simultaneously, sitting on benches made by Lake Oswego "Eagle Scout" Aidan Wilde, and other scouts; with lumber donated by Parr Lumber.

A snip of the ribbon, and the greenhouse was dedicated – adding yet another "green" feature to the others we've previously reported, at Tucker Maxon School.

Learn more about the unique school online – www.tuckermaxon.org


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