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SRM Creates Mindful Garden with the Help of Lowe’s Grant

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 -

Soule Road Middle recently celebrated the completion of aSoule Road Middle students planting a garden. new garden that will allow teachers to bring their lessons outdoors.  

Over the summer, SRM students and parents worked with members of the Liverpool Central School District’s Buildings & Grounds Department to create a Mindful Reading Center Garden. The group expanded upon a previously planted garden area by introducing items such as catmint, reed grass, liatris and paperbark maple trees.

The school also added benches, outdoor mats, a birdbath and a reading area. Activities such as creating artwork, producing science experiments and studying the environment are just a few of the uses for this new classroom area.

“This project is important for team growth in our school as we accommodate a diverse population of student needs,” said SRM art teacher Susan Sapareto, who spearheaded the project with the help of several SRM parents and LCSD horticulturist Dan Carroll. “This combination of beautification and enrichment will enhance middle school experiences for years to come.”

The Mindful Reading Center Garden was made possible through a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant and several community donations. Sapareto added that there will be many opportunities for improvements over the next few years.

For more than 65 years, Lowe's has supported the communities it calls home. Now in its 12th year of helping build better schools and communities, the Lowe's Toolbox for Education program has provided more than $54 million to more than 12,000 schools across the country. For more information, visit the Lowe's Toolbox for Education Web site. 

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