Every year, Keep Denton Beautiful (KDB) awards up to $3,000 for environmental learning projects through KDB’s Environmental Education Grants Program. Public and private schools in the City of Denton and Denton ISD are eligible to apply for funding through this 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!
WINNING PROJECTS THIS YEAR INCLUDE:
Strickland Middle School
KDB board member, Sonny Solis presenting Strickland faculty member Dr. Christina T. Dearman and students with their grant check.
Strickland Middle School students observing their future flower beds.
Strickland Middle School received a grant to expand their existing garden and drip-lines to include a dedicated area for native, butterfly-attracting wildflowers and bird houses. The goal of the garden is to further enhance students understanding of the benefits of organic gardening. It will provide an opportunity for students at all grade levels to observe ways in which an organism’s habitat provides for its basic needs.This grant is underwritten by the City of Denton Watershed Protection Program.
Immaculate Conception Catholic School
KDB staff member Bailey Gillreath and Immaculate Conception students with their Environmental Education Grant check.
The Immaculate Conception garden.
Immaculate Conception Catholic School (ICCS) received a grant to fund soil and granite in the school’s existing garden, and to build benches for outdoor learning area. The ICCS garden includes many edible plants, and produce is donated to Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen which averages more than 200 pounds of produce annually for those in need.
McMath Middle School
KDB board member Haywood Morgan presents the grant check to McMath Middle School faculty member Mary Arndt.
McMath students thank KDB with notes and drawings.
McMath Middle School will use their grant to fund existing school gardens by nurturing soil, planting new perennials in the back flower beds, and adding new terracotta pots to tiered flower beds. This grant was generously underwritten by Labinal Power Systems.
Fred Moore Day Nursery School
KDB board members, Chris Henry (right) and Lancine Bentley (right) present faculty members with their grant check.
Fred Moore vegetable garden.
Fred Moore Day Nursery School received a grant to fund improvements to the flower beds around the school’s entrances and implement two new gardens: a vegetable/herb garden and a butterfly garden.This grant was generously underwritten by Labinal Power Systems.
Lee Elementary students and faculty member Joe Guerin receiving their grant check from KDB staff.
Lee Elementary students and their flower beds.
Lee Elementary will use their grant to fund grade-level appropriate flower bed gardens to meet learning requirements for grades pre-K – 5th grade. It will teach students how to grow, care for, and appreciate flowers and plants that can be cultivated in a garden setting.
Newton Rayzor Elementary School
KDB board member Katharine Wilcox presenting the grant check to faculty member Natalie Dhanoolal Rubio.
Newton Razyor Elementary Garden.
Newton Rayzor Elementary received a grant that will be used to install a drip irrigation line to existing gardens. Students will learn about water conservation, and will learn alternate ways to conserve water while sustaining the plants that they cultivate.