Student Wins Grant to Fund Campus Gardens
Anela Akana

This fall, Priory student and Pacific Asia Affairs Council (PAAC) Club member Kayin Bohnet ’22 won a $500 “Mini Grant” from Youth For Oʻahu , an organization whose community collaborations provide a springboard for youth to pursue service through their community and civic engagement. Funds were awarded to students from grade 6 through college to conduct new or existing service projects. The organization website explains, “This grant program was designed by youth for youth; grantees will be selected by a panel of young leaders.” Bohnet submitted the required application and essay and on September 21st, she received the good news. 

During the 2018-19 school year, the school’s Engineering Class created a vertical garden using a hydroponic system on the third floor of Kennedy Hall. The grant will go towards re-growing those crops as well adding two additional planting beds to the garden near Jubinsky Hall. 

“Our plan is to plant as much local and organic vegetation as possible,” said Bohnet. “The outcome of this project will hopefully be an edible garden from which we can incorporate more fresh vegetables in our school lunches and allow students in both Upper School and Lower School to learn more about local and native plants. Once established, the vertical gardens will be independently running and students will only need to check on the plant growth.”

The service project will be a group effort, planned and executed by Bohnet and her fellow PAAC members.