Posted: Sunday, February 9th 2014 at 12:38pm
LCCA awarded $25,000 grant from Lowe's foundation
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $25,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to Lanier Charter Career Academy in Gainesville to develop outdoor classrooms for the Horticulture program and a sustainable business providing garden products to local shelters, food banks, and a market for the Gainesville area.
The grant project will be multifaceted with a variety of learning experiences for all Hall County students and will be a fresh market for the local community.
The campus at LCCA includes thirty eight acres of forest, wetlands, and open field space. The greenspace area will consist of a nature trail for students along with outdoor classrooms for cross-discipline activities and county field trips. In addition, the gardens will produce fresh, organic food for LCCA’s Culinary program which offers a fine dining experience in the school’s Bistro.
The project will also be home to a school barn and Farmer’s Market that will sell produce and garden products. Finally, the Horticulture program will have an authentic learning experience that correlates with the state standards and provides internships for students upon successful completion of the DRIVE (Developing Resources and Invaluable Experiences) program.
“The grant in Gainesville, Georgia represents Lowe’s commitment to career and technical education,” said Marshall Croom, chairman of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.
“By supporting schools like Lanier Charter Career Academy, we believe we are contributing to a cause that’s important to our customers and employees by helping provide improved learning environments and building stronger communities.”
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