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A community-led effort to construct an environmental and agriscience lab at Beaver Dam High School was given a vote of support by the Beaver Dam School Board.

The board heard a presentation from students Stacy Rauscher and Anna Boschert about the effort to raise $175,000 to construct a free-standing facility adjacent to the high school. The effort, Generating a Greener Future, has the support of Beaver Dam Agribusiness Association and is generating other support, including that of Culver's owner Dave Luepke and Kohl's manager Jayne Boebel.

Beaver Dam High School currently has a 22-year-old greenhouse that has fallen into disrepair and has limited use. Generating a Greener Future calls for a high-tech facility that would be useful for a variety of educational purposes including animal sciences, horticulture, career development, economics, citizenship and more. It would include a greenhouse, but also laptop computers and flexible workspace and furniture. It also would be accessible and useful throughout the year.

The fundraising includes efforts to contact corporate donors, community groups, fundraisers and sale of bricks and tiles for smaller donors. The hope is that funds will be raised by April 2012 so construction could begin in the spring and the new classroom and lab could be open by the 2012 school year.

Those who want to learn more about how to donate to the program should contact Generating a Green Future, care of Mary Vogl Rauscher, 208 Starkweather St., or call 887-7951. The Beaver Dam School website also has a link at www.beaverdam.k12.wi.us/schools/high/greenerfuture.cfm.