|Town & Country Garden Club President Robin Marin (second from L) helps present a $1K NC Beautiful award Monday, Feb 8 at Brogden Middle School of Durham. This is the second of two grants the T&C Garden Club awarded to Durham Public Schools this year.|
Brogden Middle School was recently awarded a $1,000 grant by NC Beautiful and the Town & Country Garden Club. The Windows of Opportunity grant was given to Brogden for it’s planned efforts to improve the school’s grounds and to revitalize its pond area. NC Beautiful executive director, Steve Vacendak presented the check during a special ceremony last week.
“The goal is to bring the pond back to life and provide a space for teachers to bring classes studying ecosystems and for students to observe habitat. With a new pump, koi fish, protective covering, plants and more, we can turn this dilapidated pond into a place all of our students and teachers want to be”, says Abby Exum, Brogden’s AIG Facilitator and Support Specialist.
School leaders say the project will also serve as a service learning opportunity for students and a video diary will be kept to document the transformation.
NC Beautiful has been providing environmental education and beautification opportunities that elevate the quality of life of North Carolinian's for almost 50 years. Through the Windows of Opportunity competitive grant, teachers are rewarded for their innovation and creativity as they promote environmental stewardship with their students to improve appreciation of the environment.