–Big Creek Lumber has introduced a school garden grant program which will award garden bed grants to ten schools, including two in the Paso Robles area. Grants applications were filled out in the fall and winners were selected to have kits delivered in the spring. The garden kits include redwood lumber courtesy of Big Creek Lumber, soil courtesy of Sun Land Garden Products and garden tools courtesy of Orgill. All kits are being delivered directly to the schools so they can assemble and use immediately.
The local schools selected were Almond Acres Charter Academy in San Miguel and Templeton Elementary School in Templeton. The beds will be donated at a special ceremony on March 2.
“We are very excited and honored to be receiving garden bed kits from Big Creek Lumber,” said Joe Kirschner, second grade teacher at Templeton Elementary School. “This grant will help us to provide hands on learning activities for all of our students. The old planters in our kindergarten area are starting to fall apart, so we can’t wait to put in the new garden beds and start planting!”
“We are extremely grateful to Big Creek Lumber Company for their generosity,” said Amy Baker, program director at Almond Acres Charter Academy. “These garden beds and supplies will help Almond Acres Charter Academy students to apply their knowledge from the classroom in a hands-on, meaningful way. It will also allow students to tap into their naturalist intelligence, which is one of the eight multiple intelligences that is focused on at AACA. We are always thankful for partnerships with local businesses and organizations.”