The Lexington One Educational Foundation has presented the W.P. Rawl school garden mini-grant awards biannually for the past eight years. The 2021 fall recipients were announced Wednesday.

This foundation fund has provided grant support for Lexington District One schools to create or maintain school gardens with a specific academic purpose.

“We are so appreciative of corporate partners like W.P. Rawl who invest in our Lexington District One students through their donations," said foundation executive director, Julie Anderson Washburn. "This type of generous support makes creative and enriching educational projects possible in our schools!”

Each garden project should enhance students’ knowledge of diet and nutrition, or focus on another related academic subject. Grant awards from this fall totaled $1,726. Individual awards ranged from $250 to sustain a current school garden and up to $500 to build a new school garden.

The following schools and project leaders were chosen as the Lexington One Educational Foundation’s fall grant recipients:

  • Beechwood Middle School – Anne M. Peterson and Haleigh D. McCartha
  • Lexington High School – Karen Kish
  • Pelion Elementary School – Dru Conrad
  • Saxe Gotha Elementary – Kimberly Lewis
  • White Knoll High School – Johnny Thompson

Projects funded for the fall 2021 awards will create three new gardens, while sustaining two others and enhance the educational experiences of 1,040 students.

Grant winners will work on a variety of projects including:

  • Maintaining wheelchair accessible garden beds and an indoor glow garden. Teaching special education students healthy eating habits while the students learn how to plant and maintain a garden.
  • Revitalizing a courtyard by creating a vegetable garden and a pollinator garden.
  • Implementing a new initiative of growth mindset for students with disabilities by planting an orchard and journaling goals.

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