Jackson Park Elementary receives grant to expand STEM Program

Jackson Park Elementary receives grant to expand STEM Program
Posted on 03/30/2015
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Jackson Park Elementary School has received a grant from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for nearly $5,000. The money will be used to build an outdoor garden at the school.

Jackson Park was awarded $4,960 through a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grant.  The money will support the STEM program at Jackson Park by funding an outdoor classroom and schoolyard garden. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The Lowe’s grant has provided raised plant beds, tools, a storage shed, picnic tables for collaborative learning, and an outdoor display board for student work. The project will give students an outdoor learning space where they can learn about plants as they create and care for their gardens.  Students will be able to select flowers, fruits, vegetables, or herbs to plant in the raised garden beds and will make observations throughout the year that are closely related to science content such as plant structure, needs, life cycle, and response to environmental conditions.

Jacki Lane is the STEM teacher at Jackson Park Elementary. She applied for the Lowe’s grant and is excited about what it will mean for her students. “Including an open area for teachers to hold lessons outside or bring their students to work in collaborative groups will not only help students develop a deeper understanding of life sciences but also increase their appreciation for the environment,” Lane said. “We are extremely grateful to Lowe’s for helping us expand our STEM program at Jackson Park.”

"The Lowe's Toolbox for Education program delivers on Lowe's commitment to improve the educational environment for students across the country," said Maureen Ausura, chairwoman of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. "We're honored to work with Jackson Park Elementary to support the needs of our local students, teachers and families."

The outdoor garden and classroom project is scheduled to be completed at Jackson Park later this spring. 


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