• History of our OLC
    The Cheryl Phillips Discovery Garden was established over several years with help from many members of the community. It was dedicated in May, 2005 in memory of Cheryl Phillips, who was a kindergarten teacher at Newton Rayzor Elementary. She shared her knowledge of entomology with students, teachers, and parents by working to create an interdisciplinary outdoor learning area for the Newton Rayzor community.
    The garden spaces include the shade garden, Texas Native Garden, Butterfly Garden, Herb Garden, Fossil Garden and the classroom vegetable plots. Our OLC is a certified Schoolyard Habit through the National Wildlife Federation as well as a certified Butterfly Habitat through the Texas Discovery Gardens.
    Currently, we are the process of reestablishing the different garden spaces that are in need of replenishing with plants, maintenance and general TLC. The vegetable plots have grown into a source of school-wide action learning. The produce is donated to our neediest students as well as to the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen here in Denton. The OLC continues the tradition of integrating learning and bringing the classroom outdoors.