DonorsChoose.org’s Kid-Inspired Health & Sports campaign and retail store Target recently awarded two grants to Marcia Garza Elementary in Alamo to fund aquaponics gardening systems for their school library and classrooms.
Amy Marquez, Librarian at Garza Elementary, said the first grant of $433 will help start aquaponics and hydroponics systems to teach kinder through 1st grade students about the life cycle and making healthy food choices. The second grant of $952 will go toward indoor gardening kits to teach 3rd-5th grade students about sustainability and ecosystems.
Aquaponics science refers to the re-circulation of aquaculture by growing plants and fish together in one integrated system. Some of the plants that can be grown in these aquaculture systems include lettuce, chives, tomatoes and even flowers, to name a few.