Every year, Keep Denton Beautiful (KDB) awards up to $2,500 in grants for school-based 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. This year, we received a record number of applicants – nearly double from previous years. Ultimately, the KDB Board awarded funding to six Denton schools whose proposed projects showed significant planning and school-wide support. Over the last few weeks, 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:
Koan school was awarded an Environmental Education Grant to fund the planting of a watersmart butterfly garden. This garden will be featured in the front of the school, and will teach students about the life cycle of a butterfly. Water conservation will also be a focus, with rainwater collection used as a method to water the plants. This grant was generously underwritten by Dr. M. Jean Greenlaw, a member of the Keep Denton Beautiful Board of Directors.
Immaculate Conception Catholic School
Immaculate Conception Catholic School (ICCS) was awarded an Environmental Education Grant to fund maintenance and expansion of their current garden. The ICCS garden includes many edible plants, and donates the fresh produce they grow to Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen as part of a school-wide community service effort. This grant was generously underwritten by the City of Denton Watershed Protection Program.
McMath Middle School
McMath Middle School was awarded an Environmental Education Grant to fund the expansion and maintenance of their existing school gardens. They plan to add hardy, drought-tolerant plants. This grant was generously underwritten by Labinal Power Systems.
Strickland Middle School
Strickland Middle School’s Garden Club will be putting their Environmental Education Grant funds toward a water-conservation focused gardening project this spring . Strickland’s grant funds will help students to incorporate xeriscaping – or water-conserving – practices into their garden. They will also be installing a rain barrel, and a drip irrigation system. This grant was generously underwritten by the City of Denton Watershed Protection Program.
Wilson Elementary School
Wilson Elementary School will use their Environmental Education Grant funding for the beautification of their existing memorial garden. They will incorporate a reuse project by creating vertical gardens from used wooden pallets. In addition, succulents will be planted in existing tree stumps in the garden.
Rivera Elementary School
Rivera Elementary School was awarded an Environmental Education Grant to fund the expansion and development of their existing garden. This project focuses on beautification as well as education, and will include native Texas plant species.
We will be following up with our grant recipients later this spring, so stay tuned for pictures and updates. Congratulations to all of the schools awarded through this year’s Environmental Education Grant Program, and thank you for all you do to keep Denton beautiful for generations to come!