Dear friends of the greenhouse project at Sanborn:
apologies for not proving you an update sooner since our last planning
meeting in February, but I haven't had a whole lot to report out on.
our last meeting, a small group of us have been looking into various
greenhouse companies in hopes of finding one that would be willing to
not only provide us the materials to build our greenhouse, but also to
share our vision and help us develop the community partnership programs
to make the greenhouse project a true community effort and resource.
Through your networks, we were introduced to a company in Maine called Arch Solar.
This company was very excited to hear about our vision and our plans,
and they very much want to be a part of our work. They came to Sanborn
last month and gave us a demonstration of how they may be able to work
with our community to develop appropriate greenhouse programs for both
our school and our community. They also shared some new technologies
that they are implementing with some of their greenhouse companies
around the world, as well as some innovative building technologies. One
of their designs actually made use of refurbished shipping containers
for the sides of the structure. If you click on the hyperlinks in this
letter, you can explore Arch Solar's site in more detail.
agreed that the next logical step was to take a trip to one of Arch
Solar's projects to see their work for ourselves. I am bringing a team
of teachers from Sanborn up to their Little River Flower Farm project later this month in Buxton, Maine.
hope that by the end of this school year, we will have made a final
decision on what company we are going to use, and we will have final
cost estimates for the project. From there, we can start a fundraising
campaign to raise the rest of the funds we will need to build the
greenhouse, as well as explore grants that we could take advantage of to
provide the ongoing operational costs once the greenhouse is complete.
are excited to be moving forward with this project this year. Thank
you, to all of you, for the insights you have already provided us and
the resources and advice you will offer us in the days, weeks, and
months ahead. We look forward to having a completed greenhouse that we
can all be proud of by this time next year.
Prom night is the night that every high school
principal dreads. When I leave DiBurro’s Function Hall on Saturday night at
11PM, I will be a miserable wreck until the next morning. Each year, on prom
night, I pray that I won’t get a call from a police officer letting me know
that something tragic has happened to one of our students as a result of a poor
decision made on prom night.
Parents, I urge you to make sure you know where your
children are after they leave the prom venue. Call them. Call them again. Call
the adults of the homes are staying at for the night. Call them again. Bother
them all night long with calls and text messages. If you are hosting a post-prom
event for your child and his or her friends, make sure you have checked in with
each of the kids at your gathering to be sure that they have connected with
their parents. On prom night, we are all the parents for all of the
children in our community. Let’s all have a safe prom night. On Saturday, May 12th, Sanborn Regional …