Jenny Jones donation makes greenhouse possible in rural Alaska

From The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Sunday, November 29, 2009:

An Alaska teacher’s dream to build a greenhouse so students can grow fresh veggies in the village of Quinhagak will likely become reality thanks to a $10,000 grant from former celebrity talk show host Jenny Jones.

In a surprise phone call, Jones rang up teacher Sherry Pederson at the school on Nov. 19 to announce the award.

About 50 students and a group of teachers gathered in the room to hear the call over the intercom, participants said. A reporter also listened to the conference call.

About 660 people live in the Southwest Alaska village, where a lack of roads to other cities means everything is shipped by barge or airplane, pushing up prices for fruits, vegetables and everything else.

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