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The Lowe’s Home Improvement Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to Town Creek Elementary School for the construction of an outdoor garden learning space.

Town Creek Elementary School, in partnership with Feast Down East, FoodCorps and Brunswick County Cooperative Extension invite the community to lend a hand in building the new learning space during a three-day garden build, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 14-16 at Town Creek Elementary School, 6330 Lake Park Drive SE in Winnabow.

Town Creek Elementary is one of more than 600 schools across the United States to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant this spring for improvement projects during the 2014-2015 school year, according to a news release. FoodCorps service member Elin Amundson applied for the grant to help the school realize its vision of creating a school garden that meets the learning needs of all students, through hands-on sensory learning opportunities.

“The garden will provide a broader range of garden-based learning environments, so that all students can benefit,” Admundson said. “The new garden addition will be fully accessible to students with special needs, and will include a shade pergola, raised wheelchair-accessible garden beds, vertical gardens and a music wall.”

Admundson teaches lessons in the classrooms and garden about eating and growing fruits and vegetables and works with the child nutrition team to bring more local fresh fruits and vegetables into the cafeteria. Town Creek Elementary is among four FoodCorps recipient schools in Brunswick County. FoodCorps is a Feast Down East and Cooperative Extension sponsored national AmeriCorps service project focused on reducing the incidence of childhood obesity by connecting kids to real food and helping them grow up healthy.

For more information on volunteering for the FoodCorps garden build, contact Elin Amundson at

Correction: This is an updated version of a previously published story that contained incorrect information.