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From Walt Jones, Modules Facilitator
Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School, St. George, UT
Editor’s Note: Modules Facilitator Walt Jones will receive a $50 Pitsco
Education gift certificate and a T-shirt for sharing the following winning
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If you’re ever at a loss when brainstorming ideas for
a fund-raiser, take a few minutes to look around your
Pitsco lab. Possibilities abound – just ask Walt Jones.
The Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School Facilitator
has 15 Pitsco Modules in his spacious classroom/
shop, and his constant stream of creativity could
yield 15 different money-making ideas. But when
asked to come up with a product his students could produce for
a school sale to benefit students in an African school adopted by
Sunrise Ridge, he looked first at the Horticulture Module.
“I looked around to see what I had, and I had plants from
Horticulture,” Jones said. “Growing up in agriculture myself, I was
interested in growing some things and experimenting.”
Using a few items from the Horticulture Module and purchasing
Styrofoam cups, soil, and seeds, Jones and his students created a mini
greenhouse near the Module workstation that yielded enough seedlings
to bring in a tidy profit at the school’s “African Market” in 2011.
This year, the principal asked him to do it again with the
proceeds benefitting the needy right here in the US. So, students
with experience at Horticulture and those just interested in helping
when they completed another Module, pitched in to plant tulips
(sold out by early February), three varieties of tomatoes,
cucumbers, pumpkins, and peppers.
“I suspect we’ll make several hundred dollars this year,” Jones
said, adding that students get a thrill out of nurturing the plants and
watching them grow.