The students in Cedaredge Middle School's gifted and talented department are always hard at work creating projects for the betterment of not only Cedaredge, but all of Delta County. Back in 2011, the GT students designed, promoted, and built a disc golf course that's free and open to everyone interested at any time. Their most recent accomplishment, a large climbing wall in the gymnasium, attracts many visitors and athletes for the unique opportunity to learn the skills necessary for mountain and rock climbing.
Now, Mr. Craig and the students of CMS GT formulate plans to build a greenhouse at some point in the future. They plan to begin applying for grants and getting the support of the community to help launch the project as soon as possible. Mr. Craig also helped the students last year in creating such a large project. They worked together to design a greenhouse, using computer software, then build a model of their creation based entirely off their own ideas, not past blueprints.
In addition to providing a way to use the sale of potted plants for fundraising opportunities, the greenhouse at CMS will teach students aquaponics and the care of different kinds of plant life. Mr. Craig also states that the building can be used as an outdoor classroom. "We hope that classes at CMS can use it to study biology or just have a large space outdoors for projects."
Although the project hasn't taken off, CMS' gifted and talented department never ceases to amaze the community of Delta County. With many successful projects in the past, an outdoor classroom or greenhouse will surely be another great experience for both the students involved and the members of the community who use it. Mr. Craig voices his excitement about the future of the project. "It's mostly just a dream at this point, but we can't wait to get started."
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.