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EAS students visit Amazon’s greenhouse, get green for theirs


When Amazon’s botanists wanted to test out educational lessons, who better to give them feedback than the students from Lake Washington's Environmental and Adventure School? This Kirkland middle school uses the environment as a lens to teach a comprehensive, thematic curriculum.

Environmental and Adventure School students participate in the ceremonial first planting in The Spheres the Amazon campus
Environmental and Adventure School students participate in the ceremonial first planting in The Spheres the Amazon campus on Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Seattle. Amazon announced it is donating $10,000 for improvements to school's greenhouse and environmental education programs. (Stephen Brashear/AP Images for Amazon) Copyright: Amazon

Students and teachers made two visits to the Amazon greenhouse in Woodinville. Botanists used Amazon’s growing collection of exotic tropical plants to teach lessons to the kids. EAS students and teachers provided feedback after each tour. During the second visit, students also planted a living wall panel and received Venus Flytrap plants to raise at home. At the time, teacher John Hamilton mentioned that EAS has its own greenhouse and noted they were hoping to repair and upgrade it.

The exchanges were so successful that the students and teachers were invited to the dedication of The Spheres in Seattle. These glass domes will serve as a haven of nature on the Amazon headquarters campus in downtown Seattle.

During the dedication ceremony, the students were given the honor of planting The Sphere's first specimen, a large Australian tree fern. Much to their surprise, Ron Gagliardo, Amazon’s Senior Manager of Horticultural Services, announced a donation of $10,000 for the EAS greenhouse repairs and to support their native plant restoration program. The school is very appreciative of Amazon’s generosity and looks forward to continuing the partnership over the coming years.

Students from the Environmental and Adventure School react after it was announced that Amazon is donating $10,000 for improvements to school's greenhouse and environmental education programs
Students from the Environmental and Adventure School react after it was announced that Amazon is donating $10,000 for improvements to school's greenhouse and environmental education programs during the ceremonial first planting at The Spheres at the Amazon campus on Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Seattle. (Stephen Brashear/AP Images for Amazon)
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