August School News: New principal, new greenhouse coming to downtown schools

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Edgewater High School

Over the past two years, the 4R Foundation has worked with Orange County Public Schools Career & Technical Education, Edgewater High School and several sponsors on the development of a greenhouse on Edgewater’s campus. The project is in its final stages of construction and is expected to be up and running at the beginning of the school year.


A dedication will be held on the morning of Sept. 6.


The high school is developing a new horticulture-science department that will complement the school’s existing science, technology and engineering Magnet programs. The aim of the program and the greenhouse project is to encourage students to pursue careers in agriscience, farming, business ownership and as leaders in the agriculture industry.


The program launches this fall.


The greenhouse project is part of the 4R Foundation’s multi-site 4Roots Farm and Agriculture Center, a local food network providing produce to select Orange County public-school campuses, 4 Rivers Smokehouses and AdventHealth locations.


The 4R Foundation raised approximately $500,000 to construct a greenhouse, raised beds and facilities for food processing and storage at Edgewater. Key funding partners include Dr. Phillips Charities, Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation and Florida Blue Foundation.


The income generated from 4Roots Farm will provide resources for curriculum development and funding for the redevelopment and construction of greenhouses at Orange County high schools and will assist the underserved and food desert areas in Central Florida.


The foundation has already funded and opened a greenhouse and shadehouse at Ocoee High School. Food grown and harvested from the school’s horticulture program is processed and served in the Ocoee High cafeteria.

St. James Cathedral School

By Wavanie Henry

The Diocese of Orlando Office of Catholic Schools recently named a new principal for St. James Cathedral School.

Mrs. Jayme Hartmann has been named the new principal of St. James Cathedral School in Downtown Orlando.

Hartmann will “bring a unique perspective and wealth of experience,” said Linda Caldwell, director of marketing for the Central Region of the Diocese of Orlando Office of Catholic Schools.

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