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Reading Garden Grows at South Middle School Thanks to Lowe’s Grant


 South Middle School students, faculty, staff, alumni and volunteers from Lowe’s in Newburgh collaborated on a recent Saturday afternoon to clean and transform the school’s courtyard into the new South Middle School Reading Garden.

   Through a $1,200 grant from Lowe’s, volunteers turned the school’s courtyard into an inviting area to read. Volunteers helped install walkways, plant flowers, trim bushes and remove branches from trees. In addition, a grassy area under shady trees is available where students can stretch out with a good book and begin a lifelong habit of reading. In addition, a vegetable garden was revitalized and will be used for classroom lessons. Once the Reading Garden was complete, the school held a commemorative ribbon cutting and invited families to be in attendance.

   “At Lowe’s, we take great pride in improving the communities we serve. This project gives students a place to learn, relax and just enjoy being outside. We are proud to be a part of the Newburgh community, and also appreciate the students, their families and faculty from South Middle School that worked side-by-side with Lowe’s Heroes employees to make a difference,” said Michaella Csizmar, Human Resource Manager of Lowe’s in Newburgh.


Ribbon Cutting at the event
Volunteers from the event.
New Picnic Tables
New grass area


Another photo of the volunteers
Anthony Grice and two volunteers
Working beginning on the new flower beds
Volunteers at the event.


Another in process photo of the improvements
Final Shot of the newly improved area.
Anthony Grice cleaning up debris.




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