A Gravesend elementary school is getting a new greenhouse.
Councilmember Mark Treyger on Tuesday, April 3 announced that he has helped secure an “innovative new multipurpose rooftop greenhouse and outdoor garden project” for P.S. 97. The project – which the pol said will be completed in conjunction with a previously announced school building extension designed to relieve overcrowding – is part of a joint effort by Treyger and the school to provide more STEM/STEAM resources.
“I am proud and extremely excited to have been able to help secure this amazing new project for P.S. 97 and our community,” said Treyger, thanking also the school’s principal, Irina Cabello, and its entire staff. “This project will help the dedicated educators at P.S. 97 connect their students with 21st century skillsets and enhance science, STEM, and STEAM programs. Students and their families will also be able to learn all about having a green thumb and to cook nutritious and delicious meals.”
The greenhouse and garden will also serve as classrooms and reading space for students. The addition will also come equipped with potting tables, a hydroponic tower, tiered planting benches and a compost tumbler, as well as hydroponic equipment to teach students about growing sustainable foods. It will be made for year-round use and be ADA compliant.
P.S. 97 is located at 1855 Stillwell Avenue.