The "Grandma's Garden" at Davenport Ridge Elementary School can expand next year after receiving a Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant . Now students in all six grades in the school will be able to gain the hands-on learning experience the garden offers, a Davenport PTO statement says.
The expansion will allow the garden to be used for more than just science. The school also plans to use it for everyday math courses as well as an inspiration for art and writing. The goal in cultivating the seeds in the garden is to increase confidence and self-esteem in the students and to improve the curriculum, the statement says.
Each year, Lowes donates $5 million to more than 1,000 public schools throughout the country. This is the fifth year that the hardware store chain has run the grant program, helping nearly 5,000 schools in that time.
In addition to expanding the use of the garden at the school, the grant money will also be used to rehabilitate the outdoor classroom at Davenport. Grandmas Garden was started earlier this spring when students began planting seeds and cultivating plants for a raised bed garden. The garden was funded through private donations as well as with the help of contributions from the General Electric Foundation Matching Gifts Program and from IMS , the statement says.
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