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Classroom Garden Helps Trotwood Combat Food Insecurity

By Michelle Alfini

Published 05-23-22

Submitted by Quest Diagnostics

Cossey passes out samples from the garden to her students.
Cossey passes out samples from the garden to her students. (Photo credit: Michelle Alfini/ Spectrum News 1)

Originally published by Spectrum News 1

TROTWOOD, Ohio — In the corner of her classroom, towering over both her and her fifth-grade students, is the newest tool in Daniell Cossey’s STEM curriculum. 

Just two months after its installation, greenery is already cascading from its walls as the class readies itself for its first harvest and the home-grown feast that will come with it.

Cossey prepares a STEM lesson for her classroom using the tower garden.
Cossey prepares a STEM lesson for her classroom using the tower garden. (Photo credit: Michelle Alfini / Spectrum News 1)

A $50,000 grant from Quest Diagnostics covered the cost of the garden, curriculum, materials, and the first year of seeds, and Cossey said as soon as her students got planting everything grew quickly.  

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Cossey's classroom listens to Mcdonald speak.
Cossey's classroom listens to Mcdonald speak. (Photo credit: Michelle Alfini/ Spectrum News 1)

 

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