Mattituck High School students returning to school Tuesday were greeted by a new greenhouse and trophy case.
Superintendent Anne Smith said Jamesport farmer Carl Gabrielsen donated and built the 1,200-square-foot greenhouse as part of the district’s latest sustainable agriculture initiative.
High school students can take a new environmental science class this year that will cover not only the basics of agriculture, but sustainable farming practices as well.
“It’s not just about gardening,” Dr. Smith said about the new course. “Students will learn about sustainable practices, the environment and organic farming from our local farms.”
According to the May 21 school board meeting minutes, the Mattituck-Cutchogue Athletic Booster Club used $15,000 donated by the H.W. Wilson Foundation to construct the trophy case.
The mahogany case measures nearly 30 feet and was built in memory of MHS graduate Kaitlyn Doorhy, athletic director Gregg Wormuth said. Ms. Doorhy’s mother, Darla, and parent Jeanie Warns helped organize the award display.
While the donors and builders wish to remain anonymous, Mr. Wormuth said the district’s booster club, as well as Kait’s Angels, organized the plan to build a new trophy case.
“They’re the reason why it’s here,” Mr. Wormuth said. “They were the driving force.”
The top awards earned over the last decade are featured in the trophy case and the rest of the school’s athletic trophies will be highlighted in different parts of the building, he added.
A television screen is also being installed at the center of the trophy case for broadcast of the students’ recorded morning news show and important announcements from school officials.
Top photo: Jamesport farmer Carl Gabrielsen donated and built this greenhouse as part of Mattituck’s latest sustainable agriculture initiative. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)