Countryside Elementary received a $2,000 K-12 educational grant from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources.
The money is being used to transform the school’s courtyard into an outdoor learning center with space for seats and a weather-proof chalkboard, along with a garden in which the students can plant, tend and harvest vegetables.
Dominion External Affairs Manager Tim Sargeant presented a $2,000 check to Countryside Principal Richard Rudnick and fifth grade teachers Erin Lucchino and Shannon Slattery on Nov. 17.
“We were so excited to get the grant from Dominion so that we could expand and grow the courtyard area and the garden,” Lucchino said. “Everyone at the school can benefit from this project. The teachers can take the students outside for lessons or for school events like Reading Under the Stars. Also, we’re hoping to grow squash, tomatoes and other vegetables to support our students, their families and our community.”
Lucchino added that Home Depot provided materials for a stone path and a wall around the garden. The school also plans to build a butterfly house in the courtyard.
For the 2016-2017 academic year, the Dominion Foundation awarded $1 million in K-12 and higher education grants to support nearly 100 learning initiatives in 11 states where Dominion conducts business.