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The North Providence Breeze 06-05-2019

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2 IN OUR SCHOOLS JUNE 5-11, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION NORTH PROVIDENCE – Students at Birchwood Middle School will soon level up their sci- ence, technology, engineering, art and mathematics education with the addition of a brand new greenhouse on the school property. The project is being funded by a $41,795 grant from the Champlin Foundation. Dino Jacavone, owner of Jacavone Construction Corp. and Jacavone Garden Center in Johnston, has volunteered to build the entire greenhouse free of charge. This will allow the school to add "all the bells and whistles" to the completed structure, Principal Brian Gilmore said. The greenhouse will be an exten- sion of Agro-S.T.E.A.M. teacher Katharine Bowers' classroom, allow- ing for yearlong growing and learn- ing opportunities. Bowers applied for the Champlin grant with former Birchwood principal Melissa Goho. Her course focuses on agricultural science, with students working to grow and maintain plants indoors using hydroponics and outdoors in the school's S.T.E.A.M. garden. During a groundbreaking ceremo- ny held at the school last Wednesday, Gilmore thanked the Champlin Foundation as well as Jacavone, whose sister Nancy Riccardi is a 6th- grade teacher at Birchwood, for offer- ing his time and materials to build the greenhouse at no cost. Gilmore said the school found much-needed support from Mayor Charles Lombardi and the town's Department of Public Works, and Lombardi pledged to help in any capacity he could. Much like the school's Marine Trades Academy, which began in 2015, Gilmore said he expects the new S.T.E.A.M. Greenhouse will "add excitement to student learning," giving students a reason to want to come to school. "As we all know, middle school can be some of the most difficult years as you grow up. It is our belief as a pro- fessional learning community here at Birchwood that we must expose the students to multiple opportunities of learning, both inside and outside of the classroom." Lombardi said he hopes the green- house will open up new opportuni- ties for the students who use it, help- ing each student hone their green thumb. "This is what it's all about," he said during the groundbreaking ceremo- ny. "You are our future. You make us who we are." The Champlin Foundation called the project "a shining example of what this foundation is looking to accomplish through its grants to public schools, a teacher with an innovative idea to further her stu- dents' learning and a principal fully supportive while recognizing the usual school budget can't otherwise provide for the vision to become a reality." Greenhouse expands learning at Birchwood By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer Birchwood Middle School PRINCIPAL BRIAN GILMORE speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony on the school's new green- house last week as MAYOR CHARLES LOMBARDI looks on and 6th-graders KADEN AMARAL and ANNA TORREGROSSA hold renderings of the project. DINO JACAVONE of Jacovone Construction Corp., Agro-S.T.E.A.M. teacher KATHARINE BOWERS, 6th- grade student OLEK BOGUSZ, SUPT. JOSEPH GOHO and MAYOR CHARLES LOMBARDI cer- emoniously broke ground on a brand new greenhouse at Birchwood Middle School last week. Hallworth House 66 Benefit Street Providence, RI 02904 401-274-4505 Caregivers need a break? We offer extended short-term care… • Overnight 2-14 day stays available • skilled nursing • Dynamic city views • Long-term care Located on the East Side of Historic Providence just minutes from University Heights CareLink Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial! FREE Hearing Screenings FREE Hearing Aid Checks & Cleanings Just call to schedule an appointment! 401-475-6116 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI

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