Library Garden Improvements Coming to GC-O

Gray Court-Owings School has received a $5,000 Lowe’s “Toolbox for Education” grant for updating an existing reading garden outside the library as well as providing STEM resources for students in the library.

School media specialist Michelle Spires responded to the news, saying “It’s an honor to be awarded the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant!  I am excited to see the impact the Reading Garden and STEM tools will have on our students’ learning. We wish to thank our friends at Lowe’s, especially the Simpsonville Lowe’s, for supporting this important project.”

The application from Gray Court-Owings School was based on a goal of providing an updated outdoor reading or classroom area for students as well as providing access to STEM resources to promote 21st Century Learning Skills in collaboration with the school library. GC-O is sharing the Reading Garden Redo and STEM in the Library with the Gray Court and Laurens community. This project is expected to help improve the school by providing students an alternative area for classroom instruction and reading as well as give students opportunities to use STEM tools such as robots, circuits, and coding to better prepare them to be college and career ready.

It’s expected that this project to begin as soon necessary supplies can be acquired, with a target of unveiling the final project to the students, school board, and community by April.

All K-12 public schools in the United States are eligible for the Toolbox for Education program.  More information is available at: