East High School Asking for Community Support to Win $10,000 Grant


Pairing reading with gardening could earn a Rockford high school a $10,000 grant.

East High School’s environmental Key Club and literacy students are among 10 finalists for the Ford STEM Community Challenge. Their project is called “One Plant at a Time.”

“Our whole idea is to help the community,” said East Senior and Key Club President Clayton Morrison. “One way to do that, if we get this grant, [it will allow us] to learn more, and teach more people about gardening and whatnot. We’ll be able to do that year-round.”

The school would use the money to build a greenhouse allowing them to garden during the winter months, as well as provide gardening books to students.

If they don’t make the top two, East still has a chance to win a $5,000 grant. Voting closes tomorrow at 4 p.m.

To view East’s video on their “One Plant at a Time” program, and vote for them for the grant, click here.

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