Brittany Dunmire (a mathematics teacher at Propel Andrew Street High School) challenged her “Personal Finance” class to brainstorm about elements that can uplift an urban community.
After careful consideration, the students concluded that involvement and service were key factors in developing and maintaining today’s modern urban communities. Incorporating both finance and volunteerism, these students decided to put their theory to the test and, along with their teachers, these busy students developed and are maintaining a ‘green space’ project! Located in a formerly vacant lot on 8th Avenue in Homestead, this community garden is growing!
To make this idea a reality, students had to do the following:
- Calculate material costs
- Evaluate soil conditions
- Clean up the trash and overgrowth
Once these steps were complete, it was time to roll up their sleeves and get to work! In two raised garden beds, students have planted hostas to start their garden. This is a wonderful service project that will continue to bring a bit of green to the city.
Working with both Propel School personnel, as well as Homestead Mayor Betty Esper, students have made the leap from idea to completion! This cross-curricular project allowed students to take theory and apply it to a very practical and workable program. Congratulation to these wonderful students for their vision, dedication and willingness to make a difference in their community!