Tabb Elementary Receives a $3,500 Toolbox for Education Grant from Lowes

Tabb Elementary School is thrilled to announce that the school is a recipient of a coveted Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant for 2007-08. The $3,500 will be used to design and build a new outdoor learning classroom and reading garden. On April 19th, in celebration of Earth Day, the Learning Garden groundbreaking took place. Volunteers have installed and painted a shed, built six raised planter beds, mulched the garden area, installed fencing, and planted flowers. A team of employees from the Newport News Lowes, parents, students, and Tabb teachers joined together to complete the work.

This project would not be a success without contributions from community partners. In addition to the Lowe's Grant, York County Wal-Mart has provided a grant of $1000, Peninsula Hardwood Mulch donated all of the mulch and compost, a shed to house supplies was donated by the Air Force, paint was supplied by Grafton True Value, Home Depot donated planting containers, and a sign announcing the event was donated by Fast Signs of Kiln Creek.

On May 16th, an official Learning Garden ribbon cutting took place. In attendance were Tabb Elementary students, Principal Cheryl Parr and Assistant Principal Jennifer Goodwin, teachers, Delegate Brenda Pogge, York County School Superintendent Dr. Steven Staples, School Board member Dr. Robert George, and representatives from Tabb Elementary PTA, Lowes, Wal-Mart, and Peninsula Hardwood Mulch.

Some activities and projects that may be incorporated into the Learning Garden include a native plant area, a vegetable garden, herb garden, kindergarten pumpkin patch, a colonial garden, compost station, and a cistern system to collect and recycle rainwater. Amphitheater seating in the new reading area will allow students in all grade levels to enjoy outdoor reading and story telling during the long and pleasant fall and spring seasons that we enjoy here in Tidewater Virginia. With the addition of a Junior Master Gardener after school program, headed by Tabb parent Rob Yankoski, the outdoor learning garden will enable the expansion of student educational opportunities and greatly enrich their experience during the K-5 years.

All schools are eligible to apply for a Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant. The Toolbox for Education program is providing more than 1,000 grants totaling $6.5 million during the 2007-2008 School Year. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to public schools in the U.S. and Canada for a wide range of improvement projects and urban schools or school districts may be eligible to receive Toolbox grants up to $500,000 for school improvement initiatives. All K-12 public schools in the United States are eligible. Parent groups may apply by visiting www.toolboxforeducation.com.


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