2017-09-23 / The Bullhorn

Lowe’s Toolbox grant helps build outdoor classroom

By Ariel Evans
Bullhorn Report er


RCS seniors Zach Denny (left) and Dillon Weaver gather items at Lowe’s Home Improvement for the new outdoor classroom that is being constructed with funds from a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant. 
Ariel Evans RCS seniors Zach Denny (left) and Dillon Weaver gather items at Lowe’s Home Improvement for the new outdoor classroom that is being constructed with funds from a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant. Ariel Evans Every year, Lowe’s Home Improvement funds its Toolbox for Education projects through grants to approved school projects, and Roxboro Community School (RCS) is a beneficiary of the latest round of funding.

Gina Lunsford, biotechnology and academic success teacher, and art teacher Anne Bettendorf wanted an outdoor classroom to further students’ education opportunities. Last spring, they applied for the Toolbox for Education grant and received $4,400.

On Monday, Sept. 11, Lunsford took her first period class to Lowe’s Home Improvement in Roxboro to start purchasing the supplies and tools needed to finish the project that began last year.

“We are grateful to Lowe’s for this funding,” said Lunsford. “It will allow our students to learn about nature, and allow the entire RCS family to enjoy a beautiful outdoor space.”

The anticipated outdoor classroom won’t be just a classroom; RCS parents can also use the area.

The Art Club will make more projects and Lunsford will use the area to teach her biotech classes.

The school is planning on using the space every day possible.

The new classroom is aimed to help students get more involved in the outdoors.

“Students will have the freedom of creative expression without the worries of keeping a studio space clean,” said Bettendorf.

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