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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Reading garden will give students many learning opportunities

  • Pleasant Grove Public Schools received a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s Home Improvement Store to build an outdoor classroom.
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  • Pleasant Grove Public Schools received a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s Home Improvement Store to build an outdoor classroom.
     
    Superintendent Tyler Bridges said the grant will be used to create a “native Oklahoma reading garden.”
     
    The 25 foot by 50 foot space will include benches created by students working with an artist-in-residence, as well as featuring several raised-bed gardens. Bridges said he hopes to have enough room to have a small garden for each class.
     
    The gardens will include plants native to Oklahoma and placards giving information about the plants, he added.
     
    “We’re really excited about it,” Bridges said.
     
    The garden will serve as a multi-functional learning space for students, he said. They will be able to utilize it as a reading garden, learn about plants native to Oklahoma, and learn about the process in which plants grow.
     
    “It’s something our students will greatly benefit from,” Bridges said.
     
    Bridges added that the work will likely begin in the spring and he doesn’t not anticipate the garden will take long to complete.
     
    “We’re going to try to do something pretty permanent,” he said, adding that he hopes it will last several years to benefit as many students as possible.
     
    Bridges said he is very thankful to Lowe’s for their support.
     
    “We don’t have area to do things like this with our students now,” he said. “It’s going to be great.”
     

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