Outside Inclusion Garden

Gayton Elementary

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"The money we received from HEF will go to expanding and improving our school garden and outdoor play environment which will give Gayton’s students in K-5 a sense of purpose and inclusion during recess, a connection with nature, and a place for in-person and virtual students and their families to reconnect and establish new bonds as one school community."
Becky Lucas, 5th Grade Teacher Gayton Elementary- HEF grant recipient


Art teacher, Tori Swartz, painted murals in the hallway that leads to the Gayton garden. Becky is working with two small businesses to bring monarch butterfly tracking kits and indoor gardens to Gayton's STEM lab. Becky will also be meeting with Gayton's PTA to plan a “Launch into 2021/2022” schoolwide community event that will bring families back to Gayton and serve as a welcome mat into the school year.

Andrew C. says “Thanks HEF for bringing the fastest growing sport in America, pickleball, to our playground!”

“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower”  -Alexander Den Heijer

Funding Amount: $5,948

Number impacted: 1,621

Grant recipient: Becky Lucas, Teacher