Robert E. Lee Elementary School announced Jan. 11 that has been awarded a $5,000 grant through the Students to Stewards Program, which is part of Alabama Power’s Brighter Minds Education Initiative.
The program aims to provide support for environmental stewardship initiatives, conservation education and outdoor classrooms that teach students about the importance of preserving Alabama’s natural resources.
Lee Elementary applied with plans to create an outdoor classroom, which school officials say will provide students the opportunity to learn about gardening and give them a space to conduct experiments that can’t be completed indoors.Amber Widemire, who completed the grant application on behalf of the school, said students have already been working on many “in-depth science experiments,” and an outdoor space for learning would provide even more options for teachers.
“This grant would allow us to carry those experiments outdoors where the magic of science is happening naturally on a daily basis,” Widemire said.
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