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Troy school district to unveil greenhouse Thursday

September 26, 2017, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

TROY, N.Y. >> The Troy City School District will host a celebration at 2 p.m. Thursday to unveil the new greenhouse built during the summer at Troy High School to be used by high- and middle-school students and students participating in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s STEP program.

Project organizers, funders, educators and students will gather in the high school’s courtyard to hear remarks from RPI and school district officials.

The greenhouse project is a collaborative effort between RPI’s STEP program, the school district and the community meant to engage young people, particularly in developing sustainable communities. The greenhouse is designed to provide project-based learning opportunities in sustainable agriculture for RPI STEP students in the district, as well as the Troy High School Environmental Club and Troy High and Troy Middle School science classes.

The RPI STEP program has been funded by the state Department of Education since 1986 and serves underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students in grades 7–12, to pursue degrees and licensed professions in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The program currently serves 132 students in the Capital Region, of which 30 percent attend school in the Troy City School District.

Additional funding for the project was proivided by The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, The Junior League of Albany, The Seymour Fox Foundation, Whole Kids Foundation and Wicked Smart Apparel. The district also secured a grand from The Lowes Toolbox for schools program to bring total outside funding for the project to $57,500.

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