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Newton Rayzor awarded grant for outdoor learning center

Newton Rayzor Elementary recently won a $4,980 grant for the school’s outdoor learning center, allowing it to create a vegetable garden to teach students about numerous subjects.

The grant was awarded as part of Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program, which encourages schools to make permanent improvements on their school campuses and build strong community spirit. The program awards grants in the $2,000 to $5,000 range, putting Newton Rayzor’s grant at the top tier of funding awarded by the program.

With the school’s new outdoor learning center, Newton Rayzor will provide students from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade with the opportunity to plant, maintain, harvest and donate produce to the school and local community. Dr. Happy Carrico, head of school, said the project will promote interdisciplinary learning across all content areas.

“This grant will make it possible for us not just to add a vegetable garden – this will actually change the curriculum, allowing our children to understand the process of how food is produced, harvested and consumed,” said Dr. Carrico.

Newton Rayzor anticipates the project will be completed by the end of the fall 2015 semester. The grant writing team for the school consisted of Dina Wuenschel, bilingual interventionist, and Natalie Dhanoolal-Rubio, science coach.

For more information about the school’s project, please contact the school’s front office at 940-369-3700. For information about Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program, visit