Copper Country Intermediate School District opens its greenhouse


COPPER COUNTRY, Mich (WJMN) – Copper Country Intermediate School District (C.C.I.S.D.) is unveiling its greenhouse along with plants for sale on May 22.

4 years ago the Copper Country Mental Health donated their 24’ x 24’ commercial greenhouse structure to the school district. The school district began Michigan Common Core Science lessons with students utilizing the greenhouse.

“Copper Country Mental Health used it has a hydroponic, and that program stopped. Then they offered it to use to start our plants. That’s why we were using it, and then they said, “We’re not using it anymore, we could use this space for storage more than anything. do you want the actual building?” Karyn Juntunen, the Community Transition Program Teacher, said. “We’ve expanded off that with a grant from Portage Health Foundation.”

The students learned about growing plants and now get a chance to gain skills in selling plants.

“They’re excited. I mean it’s that pride for them, especially the pride. They’re the ones that have planted the seeds with my staff, they’re the ones who have tended and watered them. Just that they’ve grown these seeds, the seeds have grown into plants and now they’re going to sell these plants to their friends and family and they’re really excited about that.”

Last year was when the open house was originally meant to happen, but due to COVID-19, it was rescheduled for today.

The open house will have refreshments, music, and plants for sale.

The sale will run from 10am to 12pm at 809 Hecla Street, Hancock.

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