Nauset Middle School greenhouse fundraiser

Fundraising the right way
Drawing of the proposed greenhouse by E. VanRyswood. Courtesy of NRMS.

Nauset Middle School raising funds for greenhouse

Excellent tool for hands-on learning

It will be made of polycarbonate but you can buy a “brick” to help fund the construction of a greenhouse at Nauset Regional Middle School.

The greenhouse will be a free-standing, 30 x 50 foot polycarbonate, atrium style structure to be built at the Nauset Middle School campus in Orleans.

Myriad learning opportunities

According to the project’s website, the greenhouse will afford opportunities for students and community members to engage in:

  • Growing agricultural and horticultural products for the Nauset Community
  • Examining the physical properties of a variety of food and ornamental plants
  • Conducting scientific research and experimentation
  • Learning about ecologically sound growing practices
  • Exploring renewable energy sources and environmental stewardship
  • Connecting principles of engineering, science and entrepreneurship
  • Enhancing the visual arts through gardening design, decoration and painting
  • Fostering an appreciation for the uniqueness of Cape Cod plant life

Gardening activities are also an excellent method of teaching number sense skills, as exemplified by gardening projects’ inclusion in the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School’s “Math in Action” program last fall.

Fundraising the right way

To raise funds for this project, the Nauset Regional Middle School Greenhouse Building Project Fund, Inc. was formed as a 501(c)(3) public charity. The group is properly registered with both the IRS and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s public charities division.

Donors may contribute any amount they choose. Individual donors of $100 or more may commission a brick for the greenhouse walkway, which will be engraved with their family name, memorial or name of a Nauset student. Business donors of $300 or more may have a double brick with their business name.

The group hopes to raise $120,000 to purchase, construct and equip the greenhouse. $30,000 has been raised thus far, according to the project website.

To donate or learn more about the project, visit or call the school at 508-255-0016. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on