PRINCETON — Along with greenhouse goodies, the students of Princeton Senior High School that run the greenhouse will be offering handmade art pieces.

While the greenhouse class already sells their grown creations in the spring, for the winter months they’ll be offering their artistic creations. This new endeavor of their store will officially open December 2 at 9 a.m. next to the MCTEC Mercantile on Stafford Drive.

By deconstructing wooden pallet the students repurpose the wood into artistic creations. From Christmas trees, snowmen, and wreaths, the students learn valuable lessons through the experience.

“You wouldn’t believe how much they learn. We’ve had students that have gone out and gotten jobs because of what they’ve learned at the greenhouse,” instructor Annette Cecil said.

Aiding in the pallet disassembly and reassembly, Princeton Senior High School football coach Chris Pedigo supervises their work. Other creations that the student’s hand make include unique one of a kind wind chimes made of various eclectic items and rock candy.

According to instructor Donna Minnix, the students that are able to paint the creations and prepare them to be sold. Not only does this teach them to complete projects to the best of their abilities but it also allows them to take pride in their work once a piece is sold.

“It takes a lot to make things like this happen. We teach the students the skills even things like how to run the cash register,” Minnix said.

Princeton Senior High School approved the class to create the store extension so students could get more experience in a work-like environment. While the greenhouse gives them to experience the expansion of the decor opens them up to new skills.

“The money goes directly back to the student. We take them on field trips and we give them money so they can do a Secret Santa,” Minnix said.

During the spring months, the greenhouse students stay busy with creating flower pots for the season and for mother’s day. According to Cecil residents will bring their flower pots back regularly just for the students to create another flower arrangement.

Skills the students have learned include harvesting seeds to create top of the line crops. Just last year alone the students sold over 2,000 tomato plants, Minnix said.

“Our community has been so supportive. We have people that line up when we open up the greenhouse. We have adopted a local soldier and we sent things to him from Thanksgiving. We’ll be sending a Christmas gift to him. He’s from Mercer County as well,” Minnix said.

The students within the program can stay until they’re 21 years old to ensure they learn all the skills they possibly can.

Of the importance of supporting the class’s business endeavors, Minnix said, “It supports our local youth. They don’t only get the academics from it they also get field trips and other things. 100 percent of it goes back to them.”

For more information on the class and their greenhouse business and festive decor visit them on Facebook at @pshsgreenhouse.

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