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Woodmont to Build Learning Garden

The charter school is breaking ground April 21 and will build the garden via a $4,700 grant from Lowe’s.

From Woodmont Charter School:

 was awarded a $4,700 Toolbox for Education grant from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. Woodmont Charter School is one of more than 585 schools or parent organizations to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant for parent-initiated school improvement projects benefiting kindergarten through 12th-grade public education across the United States during the 2011-12 school year. The groundbreaking will occur on April 21 at 9 a.m.

The grant will be used to create a learning garden at the school, which will include: a paved area for teacher-led instruction; a blueberry forest featuring potted blueberry bushes; a gnome garden with meandering paths through an oak forest; large barrels to be used for compost, worms and water collection; and moveable raised garden beds and reading benches.

“Our goal is to create a space that fosters a connection with nature and helps students to learn by getting their hands dirty sometimes,” said Erin Ray, campus beautification chair. “We also want to provide a welcome respite and fresh air for students who want to sit quietly to read and think.”

“Lowe’s is committed to recognizing and supporting efforts that enrich the lives of our neighbors and customers,” said Marshall Croom, chairman of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “By supporting parents at Woodmont, we know we are contributing to a cause that’s important to our customers and employees and helping build stronger communities.”

Grant Rimbey April 19, 2012 at 01:33 PM
This is similar to another good Temple Terrace initiative: Temple Terrace Community Garden http://www.templeterracecommunitygarden.com/
Sherri Lonon April 19, 2012 at 09:33 PM
What do you think is driving the popularity of community and learning gardens? They seem to be on the rise lately.
Steven McBride April 20, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Community and learning gardens are increasingly popular partly because there’s a realization that a child’s education should include exposure to the plant world. Children need to learn that good food doesn’t magically appear on supermarket shelves; it comes from fields. Children experience a special awe, pride and empowerment when they grow things from seed; especially when they grow food.

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