Pictured above from left to right: James Guerra, Emily Mendoza, Mark Korompay, and Grow Kids Healthy owner Tanya Hulett.
Humble High School International Baccalaureate (IB) students donated a Tower Garden System to the Humble High School Special Education program.
Each year Humble High School IB students are tasked with selecting a service learning project to focus on throughout the year. After reviewing prospective service-learning projects, seniors Mark Korompay and Emily Mendoza created a campaign titled “How Does Your Garden Grow?” The students used their campaign to raise funds to purchase a Tower Garden System for the special education classrooms at their campus. Their goal was to provide an opportunity to educate students in the program about urban gardening, being self-reliant, and eating healthy foods. For the past year Korompay and Mendoza collected donations from students, faculty, and community partners.
The Tower Garden Growing System is a 5-feet-tall vertical garden that can grow up to 20 plants. It requires sunlight or an outlet to power the Tower Garden’s grow lights and it recycles 90 percent of the water it uses. The soil free system will allow the students to grow their own fruits, herbs, and vegetables at a faster rate inside the classroom.
Tanya Hulett, owner of Grow Kids Healthy, has played a big role in this project. Hulett has provided Korompay and Mendoza help by educating them on the uses for the Tower Garden and how to best utilize it in a classroom setting.
“My main goal is to help grow kids healthy,” Hulett said. “The Tower Garden is a great solution to growing healthy foods and controlling what you are putting into your body.”
Next year the Tower Garden initiative will be led by current Humble High School junior, James Guerra. He plans on continuing the Tower Garden campaign to provide a second Tower Garden for the classrooms to use.
“I want the students to know that they can grow their own fruits and vegetables,” Guerra said. “Next year I will be providing the classrooms with lesson plans and instructions on how to grow their plants.”
Once the students have learned how to use the Tower Garden they hope to use marketing skills to sell their produce across the campus and eventually districtwide.