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LOWE'S HEROES JOIN IN TO HELP WITH OUTDOOR LEARNING LAB
Horticulture and Construction Trades students, some sporting their red Lowe's Heroes t-shirts, welcome the Lowe's crew , above, while the students get to work, below.
Lakewood High School's Horticulture Outdoor Learning Lab took another step toward completion Tuesday as members from the Lowe's Heroes program joined with students from the Horticulture and Construction Trades programs at the high school to install stepping stones around the four stone planter boxes.
The Lowe's connection came thanks to a $5,000 grant that Horticulture teacher Mark Rathge applied for and won. Part of the Toolbox for Education grant included not only supplies for the Outdoor Learning Lab, but manpower as well to help with the project in the form of "Lowe's Heroes" volunteers. Nine employees from the Rocky River Lowe's joined the students on Tuesday in spreading base layers and laying the stepping stones.
The Outdoor Learning Lab is a collaboration between the Lakewood City Schools and the Lakewood Garden Club, which raised funds for the nearly $20,000 project. While the Construction Trades program of the West Shore Career-Technical District did the heavy work on Tuesday, the Horticulture students will have their turn in the next few weeks when the planting of some small trees, perennials, shrubs and herbs take place.
"This truly is a perfect example of collaboration between public, private and volunteer organizations that we need to see more of in our community," said Dawn Cushing, an officer of the Garden Club.
Added Judy Riley, who along with Debby Conley has spearheaded the project for the Garden: "Today was absolutely worth all the hard work to see everyone working together the way they did."
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