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KES unveils hoop house
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Kilough Elementary School students along with Dawson County High School agriculture students cut the ribbon on the new KES Cougar Hoop House Sept. 14. - photo by For the Dawson County News

On Sept. 14, Kilough Elementary School unveiled a new hoop house that will teach first graders all about growing and cultivating plants with the help of local high school students.

The KES Cougar Hoop House is a partnership with KES and the Dawson County High School agricultural students. The hoop house works from geothermal and solar energies with ventilation regulated by the end and side rolling flaps.

Once a month the agricultural students from DCHS will visit the first graders at KES to teach them about different agricultural skills and help provide maintenance and basic care of the vegetation and the facility.

The hoop house is a community effort with several organizations pitching in to make the greenhouse a reality.

Chestatee/Chattahoochee RC & D Council Inc. and Upper Chattahoochee Soil and Water Conservation District donated the hoop house with state grant money they received and have allocated to building hoop houses at schools in the surrounding north Georgia counties.

Brownlee’s General Store, Drake LLC, Landscaping One Inc., Shoal Creek and True Value donated an irrigation system, lumber, organic fertilizer, seeds and soil for the hoop house.

Before the official ribbon cutting and the grand unveiling, the first grade students participated in two activities led by Dawson County Home Depot and State Farm representative Nancy Skates.

Home Depot, led by Steve Trinowski and his crew, assisted students in building their own planters which they were able to take home while Nancy Skates led the students in activity on the parts of the plant where students had the opportunity to taste different parts of the plant.