Every year, Keep Denton Beautiful (KDB) awards up to $3,000 for environmental learning projects through KDB’s Environmental Education Grant Program. Public and private schools in the City of Denton and Denton ISD are eligible to apply for funding through the Environmental Education Grant program, and the KDB Board selects the winning schools based on a number of project criteria, such as how it will encourage student participation in outdoor learning and natural resource stewardship, along with the knowledge and skills that will be gained through their project. Ultimately, the KDB Board awarded funding to six Denton schools whose proposed projects showed significant planning and school-wide support. KDB staff and Board members have presented grant checks to these awarded schools. We can’t wait to see how their projects turn out!
Environmental Education Grant Winners:
Crownover Middle School
Mr. Garcia’s Accelerated Math class at Crownover Middle School received their first KDB grant to create an outdoor learning area with seating designed and built by students. These “mathletes” even plan to track and graph the effectiveness of the outdoor space. This grant was generously underwritten by KDB donor, Dr. M. Jean Greenlaw.
Gallian Early Childhood Center
Virginia Gallian Child Development Center plan to use their first grant award to develop their outdoor classroom which includes a vegetable garden, cut flower garden, music area, gathering area, and building area. This grant was generously underwritten by Opala, LLC.
Immaculate Conception Catholic School
Immaculate Conception Catholic School (ICCS) plans to use their grant funds to finish the construction of their greenhouse and also have plans for a keyhole garden in the future. This grant was generously underwritten by Opala, LLC.
The Koan School
The Koan School just moved to a new location which includes many acres to create outdoor learning spaces. They plan to develop their existing vegetable gardens with the grant funds. They also plan to raise chickens, goats, and donkeys on their multi-acre property!
McMath Middle School
McMath Middle School will use their grant to fund the restoration of their existing school garden beds and install container gardens with succulents in areas that need some green.
Strickland Middle School
Strickland Middle School Garden Club plans to use their grant funds to refurbish their worn, splintering picnic tables, paint a mural on their garden shed, and replace some of their older garden beds. The update will hopefully encourage more students to sit outside during lunch and enjoy the gardens. This grant was generously underwritten by Opala, LLC.
In addition to the Environmental Education Grant Program, KDB offers grant awards to neighborhoods, nonprofits, and other community groups through the Neighborhood Beautification Grant Program. Up to $1,000 in funding is provided for improvement projects that achieve one or more of the following: improve neighborhood public spaces; beautify the community; or nurture a shared sense of neighborhood identity and community pride. The KDB Board awarded funding to one applicant for 2017.
Neighborhood Beautification Grant Winners:
Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (DUUF) plans to use their grant funds for a restoration and beautification project near the city creek channelization project.