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High School Students Rebuild 51-Year-Old Greenhouse

May. 16, 2017

Private-Public Partnership Teaches Green Economy Skills

Denver – Over time, the greenhouse at John F. Kennedy High School had become a place to empty out fish tanks and sporadically enter if you dare melt from the non-ventilated space. Today, it has a new purpose; it is giving students in the school’s engineering program real-life experiences in the value of hard work, collaboration and dedicating themselves to something that benefits others. On Tuesday, May 16, these future engineers will proudly reintroduce the renovated greenhouse.

Nine professional engineers from McKinstry lent their time, expertise and funds to complete the project. Working with experienced professionals, students conducted an assessment and audit of the greenhouse, determined opportunities for improvement and led the execution of the enhancements. The one-to-one teams worked for six months to update the school’s 51-year-old greenhouse. From outdated equipment, broken windows and little ventilation, the greenhouse now features $6,000-worth of state-of-the-art equipment including a solar-powered exhaust fan, a rainwater collection system and smart controls.

­­The renovation project at John F. Kennedy is part of Denver Public Schools CareerConnect, a DPS-wide initiative that provides hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for more than 18,000 students through partnerships with more than 270 companies in Denver.

Hear from the students and engineers and experience a student-led tour of the new and improved John F. Kennedy High School greenhouse.

  • What: Student-Led High School Greenhouse Ribbon Cutting
  • Who: DPS students, educators, McKinstry leaders and community members
  • When: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 
  • Where: John F. Kennedy High School, 2855 S. Lamar St.