Emanuel said his wife, Amy Rule, uses the honey from the school at 3857 W. 111th St. in her tea. His appearance announcing the school's new $1.2 million barn was a good excuse to stock up on the morning staple.
"The truth is, we are out of honey from the Ag School," Emanuel said.
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"I don't think I could be more excited or more proud to be here," he said.
Hook said the bulk of the savings came from operating without an assistant principal. Teachers also helped with the belt tightening, adding several students to each class and agreeing to other cost-saving moves.
An illustration of a 13,000-square-foot horse-riding facility at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences in Mount Greenwood gives an idea of how the metal structure will look, according to plans submitted to the Chicago Plan Commission.
"What we have here at the Ag School is not only a wonderful school, but we have dedicated teachers and wonderful students," O'Shea said.
Maggie Kendall, a teacher at the school, applied to be part of the contest through Farmers Insurance's Thank a Million Teachers program. She credited the students, faculty and neighborhood residents for their support.
"I'm glad to see it is finally happening," Kendall said.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel arrives at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences in Mount Greenwood Wednesday. He touted the school's locally-produced honey ahead of breaking ground on a new indoor riding facility. [DNAinfo/Howard A. Ludwig]
The one-story barn will have a metal roof and will not be more than 25 feet tall, according to plans submitted to the city. It will have two circular riding areas and no seating inside. Students will build some horse stalls on the south end of the building in the future, Hook said.
"My goal is to use this building seven days a week, eight hours a day," said Hook, adding that about six more horses will come to the school once the facility is complete on Aug. 15.
Tommy Shimoda of Mount Greenwood was honored at a ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences in Mount Greenwood. Shimoda, a Mount Greenwood resident, won a gold and bronze medal at the Special Olympics World Winter Games last month. [DNAinfo/Howard A. Ludwig]