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Newton Rayzor Elementary begins work on learning garden supported by Lowes’

Newton Rayzor students work on their new outdoor learning center
Newton Rayzor students begin working on the school's new outdoor learning classroom thanks to a grant from Lowe's. 
Students, staff and volunteers from the local Lowes’ Home Improvement Store recently began work on the outdoor learning classroom at Newton Rayzor Elementary. The school recently received a $4,980 grant to revitalize a space that housed a garden, but this time students will add a series of raised beds to grow vegetables.

“This grant will make it possible for us not to just 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. Happy Carrico, head of the school.

The project seeks to establish a self-sustaining garden that will be maintained by the school’s pre-k through fifth graders as they plant, maintain, harvest and donate produce to the school and local community.

The grantwriting team of Natalie Dhanoolal-Rubio, science coach, and Dina Wuenshel, Bilingual/ESL coach, supervised as students and volunteers tilled soil, planted seedlings and prepped the area for the raised beds. A second round of work with Lowes volunteers with take place on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Newton Rayzor is an International Baccalaureate World School, meaning it operates using a highly acclaimed curriculum that encourages and influences students to approach education through a global scope, and follows the IB structure indicated through the Early Years Programme. Students at the school cover the core academic fundamentals found in elementary education, yet also broaden their experiences by learning about various cultures and countries.

For more information, please contact Dr. Carrico via email at