Jeff Tech Receives a Grant for a New Greenhouse


Pictured, from left to right, are Amy Ashbaugh, Matt Pernesky, DuBois Lowe’s store manager, Cara Cherico, science instructor and Angela Buffone. In the back, from left to right, are Dave Rishell, building trades instructor, Cody Long, Franklin Boruch, Jacob Chaffee, Deven Gaston and Larry Galluzzi, culinary instructor. (Photo provided by Shania Smith, digital media technology student).

REYNOLDSVILLE – Jeff Tech has been selected to receive a 2012 Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation grant in the amount of $5,000 to construct a greenhouse for student use.   Jeff Tech was one of more than 585 schools or parent organizations across the country to be awarded a Toolbox for Education grant.

A 14-foot by 24-foot greenhouse will be assembled this fall by the Jeff Tech Building Trades students and will be located near the school’s garden and vermi-composting facility.  The greenhouse will allow students to gain skills and experiences in gardening that will continue with them as adults whether it is as a hobby, career, or raising their family’s food.   

The greenhouse will extend the growing season and allow the students to grow a wider variety of plants.  The Culinary Shop will learn to grow and process the food, while the Biology classes will practice pollination techniques in the controlled environment of a greenhouse. 

Since its inception in 1957, Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has helped communities nationwide through employee volunteerism and financial contributions.  Launched in partnership with PTO Today, the Toolbox for Education program has provided nearly $30 million through more than 6,000 grants since 2006 serving more than 3.7 million school children.

For more information about the Jeff Tech gardening project or programs at the school the public can visit

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