Read the original article by Erin Kidd with the Independent Tribune.
CONCORD- Pitts School Road Elementary’s new garden is officially open for student learning.
The school held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its garden during a curriculum carnival on Thursday, Sept. 21.
The garden is the result of a grant the school received from the N.C. State Extensions’ Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. Pitts School Road was selected for the project because of its comprehensive garden plan created by first-grade teacher Erika Currin and her nine-person garden team.
So this summer, representatives from the institute and Lowe’s Heroes, a company-wide volunteer initiative, teamed up to make the garden a reality.
Volunteers from those two entities and Metrolina Greenhouses, which donated flowers, gathered at the school to help teachers create a pollinator garden, a weather station, raised beds and a root observation box.
Doug Vernon and Amy Bowman, both from the Plants for Human Health Institute, also worked with teachers to share lessons that can be used in the garden with their students.
During the ribbon cutting ceremony, school administration thanked Vernon, Bowman and Billy Carol, store manager of the Lowe’s Home Improvement in Concord, for all of their support and help with the garden.
Once the ribbon was cut, parents and students roamed the area to check out everything it had to offer.