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Barnesville School Celebrates Spring with New Greenhouse



Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new greenhouse on the school’s campus. Head of School Susanne Johnson was joined by Hammet Hough, member of The Barnesville School Board of Trustees; Trey Valenta, Barnesville Class of 2013; and Tara Barnhart, a Barnesville Language Arts Teacher and Arts & Sciences Coordinator for the ribbon cutting for the new greenhouse which took place immediately following the School’s annual May Day celebration earlier this month.

The greenhouse is the latest addition to the School’s garden spaces that provide opportunities for students to extend their learning outside the science classroom.

Barnesville alumnus, Trey Valenta took on building the greenhouse for his Eagle Scout project. Trey is currently a junior in Poolesville High School’s Global Ecology Magnet Program.

Johnson thanked Valenta as well as the project’s lead donors: Christopher and Lynn Brown; Carlton and Antoinete Collins; and Hammet Hough. Their generous donations made the construction possible. Additionally, parents, faculty, and staff contributed to two bake sales at Calleva’s Haunted Forest last fall that helped to raise additional funds.

Hough has long been connected to the school. His late wife, Jaralyn Hough, was Barnesville’s third Head of School, serving from 1984 until 2006. Upon her retirement from Barnesville, the School established the Jaralyn Hough Professional Development Fund to provide financial support for teachers’ continuing education and participation in educational conferences. At the time, current Head of School, Susanne Johnson was on the Board of Trustees and chaired the campaign committee raising close to $500,000. The new greenhouse is located near an outdoor garden named in Mrs. Hough’s honor.

The annual May Day celebration is one of many programs that integrates the arts with science and nature. Barnesville’s cross-curricular teaching encourages students to explore how subjects relate to one another, helping them to make connections that spark inquiry and deepen understanding.

Located in the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, Barnesville is certified as a Maryland Green School by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, demonstrating achievement in curriculum and instruction, community partnerships, and best management practices.

Caption: Tara Barnhart, Trey Valenta, Hammet Hough, and Susanne Johnson at Barnesville School Greenhouse Ribbon Cutting.

Photo courtesy Barnesville School.

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