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Growing tall with Tools for Schools

Winona, MN (WXOW) – Healthy eating will soon be in season at St. Stanislaus Elementary School in Winona thanks to our Tools for Schools award.

5th grade teacher, and St. Stan’s alumnus, David Skeels is this month’s winner of the $750 grant from SSE Music, Brenengen Auto and Dependable Solutions. A health scare last year prompted the 29-year-old to start gardening and cooking more at home—lessons he wants to now share with his students.

“It’s going to start with the growing process and teaching kids how to grow their own food and how to use the knowledge back at home and teach them that it’s not that hard to eat healthy and make smart choices,” said Skeels.

The 29-year-old Winona native wants to start what’s known as a tower garden in his classroom. That, he added, comes with a hefty up-front cost.

“It’s an inside gardening system that allows us to provide a bunch of different vegetables in a short space. It uses vertical height. Instead of dirt, it’s aquaponics, so it’s actually a water-based system to help grow faster food, produce more vegetables.”

Skeels said the door’s always open for his current class to come back and visit.

We’ll be choosing one more tools for schools winner this current school year. To apply, click here.

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke anchors News 19 Daybreak weekday mornings.

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