Lowe’s has awarded a $3,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to Sanders Middle School for its project, Planting Seeds: Growing a Community.

The grant application was based on the goal of enhancing the hands-on learning opportunities and building a community space for positive collaboration at Sanders Middle School.

Sanders Middle School students participated in the initiative One School, One Book, One Day where all of the students read Seedfolks by Paul Fleishman. Students discussed how the transformation of an inner-city lot to a community garden positively influenced an environment and community.

Students learned how people from different cultural backgrounds were able to break down barriers and began helping each other. The lesson of tolerance and helping the community influenced the creation of a community garden.

The garden will serve a dual purpose as a hands-on classroom when students are studying various cross-curricular lessons and a place to build a positive collaborative culture. The project is scheduled to be completed in spring 2020.

“Our school and community will greatly benefit from this grant. When we began talking about reading Seedfolks earlier this semester, Dr. Jones took it upon herself to write this grant and it was approved. It has been exciting to talk about starting a garden within or community, and now we have the funding to support it. We wish to thank our friends at Lowe’s for generously supporting this important project,” said principal Dr. Lacresha Byrd.