But now I must have decided that the world is not enough. The world apparently needs a functional greenhouse.
My school has a greenhouse. Yes, a greenhouse! Imagine my joy at my interview, my bewildered peering on that December day, wondering if what I thought I saw was really true. Imagine my dismay at passing it by every day all throughout last year, filled with janitorial supplies, alone, void of life. Imagine my outrage at fully realizing its six or so broken glass ceiling panels. Imagine my hope at hearing that once upon a time, up until recently! it was used regularly! The itty bitty children grew plants from seed and cherished them and gave them as presents and even sold them! The lessons that were learned, the rarest of opportunities, especially in this ridiculous age of overwhelming curricula! (I roundaboutly realized today that if they only gave us half the curriculum to cover in a given year, just by enrichment and depth and creativity I'm quite convinced we would approach learning the whole of it; mastery is so directly affected by the pressure to fly through it all that it just doesn't happen.) The wholesome, real ties to nature and earth!
Indeed, I sadly gazed at it every day from January 19th onward last school year, guilty that I wasn't currently remedying the situation. I vowed to make that my pet project this year. And here we are.
I am ALMOST certain that I have my hardcore principal's blessing to form a committee under the guidance of the guidance counselor. But make no mistake, yours truly is spearheading! And she has no idea what she is getting herself into.
- Call glass/greenhouse company for (free) estimate.
- Call glass/greenhouse company(ies) for greatly discounted panes and installation, further discounted for this Great Cause For The Disabled And Non-disabled Environmental Children (do I hear a Groupon!).
- Call local businesses for contributions to this Great Cause For The Disabled And Non-disabled Environmental Children.
- Research "government grants."
- Submit write-up and get accepted on donorschoose.org and advertise flagrantly and vehemently for donations.