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Taconic Hills receives Lowes' greenhouse grant

Feb 05, 2011 4:35 pm
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Taconic Hills School District recently received a Lowes' grant to help with building of a new greenhouse for its growing gardening programs."][/caption]Taconic Hills Middle School has received grant from Lowe’s Home Improvement store for a greenhouse program. The Register-Star reports that the $4,900 will pay for tools, equipment and materials to construct an outdoor shed and an arbor, as well as outdoor furniture and annuals, perennials and shrubbery and represents the first such grant given to a Columbia County school as part of Lowes’ Toolbox for Education program. In the grant application, the school district noted that the program started in 2010 as a school garden focusing on vegetable produce to serve in the cafeteria, and has now expanded “to a full learning complex that includes an orchard and a garden pathway.” The garden was christened “The Pizza Garden,” and recently won Taconic Hillls a New York State Farm Bureau Award. Lowes’ Toolbox grants were created to help fund parent-intitiated educational projects nationwide. Since 2005, about $25 million has been awarded through more than 5,000 grants to schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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