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A pair of schools will receive thousands of dollars from Lowe’s for outdoor use.
Overdale Elementary School earned a $7,000 Toolbox for Education grant which will be invested in playground improvements.
Overdale Principal Pam Robertson said the playground area is active during school days but also after school and on weekends.
“Overdale is a community playground since it sits in the middle of a neighborhood,” she said. “It gets tremendous use from the community and the YMCA kids. It has to be re-mulched several times.”
A sizable portion of the grants will be used to purchase shredded tires.
“This is not only using recycled tires and is good for the environment but it prevents us from having to spend so much money on mulch since we have to replace the mulch due to erosion,” Robertson explained. “It is also safer than regular mulch resulting in fewer splinters and softer for possible falls.”
Overdale parents will volunteer to spread the mulch and the school will also seek student volunteers who want to help.
District grant writer Juliann Vachon worked with the Overdale PTO in initiating the grant.
“We are so happy and appreciative of the efforts that Juliann put into the preparation of this grant,” Robertson said. “She is a great addition to the Bullitt County family.”
“The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program is a great opportunity for schools to win extra funds for much-needed projects they might not otherwise get to complete,” Vachon said. “Overdale will use its grant to help resurface its playground with rubber mulch, which will make the playground safer for all users. Bullitt Lick will purchase new picnic tables and benches with its grant funds. Both will help spruce up outdoor spaces and make a more welcoming environment for students.”
Bullitt Lick Middle School gets $2,000 to fund a “Celebration Garden” project.
“Our school and volunteers were very elated to receive this grant,” according to Title I Parent/School Liaison Coleda Tackett. “Our local Boy Scout troop initiated this project last summer by clearing the location spot, inserting landscaping logs, spreading gravel and designed and created the school letters in concrete and bricks. However they ran out of funding to complete the project as planned and to receive additional support provided by the Lowes Grant is realizing a dream for us. True collaboration working.”
The Celebration Garden is a graveled area in front of the school that will include room for picnic tables and benches. Tackett explained the garden will provide space for all grade levels to enjoy outdoor learning, club meetings, student walk-about, and opportunities for our school community to utilize for celebrations and tributes.
“The students along with the PTSA will work together to maintain this wonderful addition to beautifying our school campus,” she said. “Surveys will be taken after planned events that utilize the Garden and these surveys will be included in the school’s improvement of culture and climate efforts.”
Tackett said the funds would not have been possible without Vachon’s assistance.
“Julian Vachon was very helpful in preparing our proposal for submitting for this grant,” she said “We could not have met the timeline (she already had much of the required information, which helped us meet the deadline) or been as effective with our efforts without her assistance. She is priceless! Thanks so much!”
Bullitt County Public Schools has over 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 850 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.