Get Growing - Lakeview Community Schools STEM Project

June 30, 2017

CAFF priorities met: Engaging Youth and Young People



Lakeview Community Schools provides a quality education for approximately 900 students in grades K-12. These students come from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, and grow up in different environments. Approximately 40% of these students qualify for free/reduced priced meals.


Lakeview sought the help of the Columbus Area Future Fund in creating a multi-year agricultural STEM project that would provide students with real-life learning experiences, while also improving student nutrition and their ability to make informed choices and build healthy habits.

CAFF granted $10,000 per year for 3 years for the Get Growing Program, which consists of establishing an indoor garden using aquaponics, and outdoor garden and classroom area, and a schoolyard chicken coop. This program will provide educational experiences for students to connect STEM learning to agriculture, increase community awareness and interest in purchasing local foods, and strengthen school/community relationships and collaboration.





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The Columbus Area Future Fund (formerly Columbus Area Community Foundation Fund) is an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation and strives to build a community endowment to promote local leadership development, entrepreneurship, youth engagement and community philanthropy.  Your gift will be used to advance those efforts and ensure dollars are available locally for use in determining our region’s future.

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Contact CAFF:


P.O. Box 1734
Columbus, NE 68602

The Columbus Area Future Fund is an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charitable non-profit corporation. 

The Columbus Area Future Fund is a founding member of the Columbus Area Philanthropy Council.

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