We are excited to announce that Hopewell Elementary School has been chosen as a recipient of the 2017 BASF Science Education Grant of $5,000. Our notification letter stated, “We were impressed with your proposal, A Sustainable, Green Community, and your efforts to foster students’ interest in the sciences.” Proposals submitted are reviewed by an internal science advisory committee composed of BASF scientists and business leaders.
A team representing Hopewell Elementary will attend a reception and check presentation at the BASF North American headquarters in northern Jersey in early November. This will also include a tour of BASF’s Innovation Center.
The 2017 BASF Science Education Grant will further support efforts to expand our Sustainable, Green Community initiative by starting a vertical farm in the greenhouse this fall through a partnership with Princeton University. A plant physiologist at Princeton University has helped design a custom system which is currently being constructed. We remain grateful to HES PTO for their support.
Our first indoor tower garden is currently in the cafeteria. A second has been placed in Mrs. Corveleyn’s classroom. Additional towers will be popping up throughout the year. Many thanks to Hopewell Valley Education Foundation for funding this phase.
Both projects will grow lettuce and other vegetables, herbs and edible flowers to be used in our cafeteria with the goal of making our school more self-sustainable. In addition, there are strong curricular ties at each grade level which supports our science instruction aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Special thanks to Mrs. Corveleyn for overseeing this exciting initiative.