The La Crosse Public Education Foundation traveled around to area elementary schools awarding grants to teachers. The foundation delivered over $28,000 broken down into 19 different grants.
One of the grants was awarded to Jennifer Woolley, a second-grade teacher at Spence Elementary School, and a few of her fellow teachers. The grant will be used towards an outdoor classroom and garden space behind the school. Construction on this project is scheduled to start this spring. This will include putting in a crushed limestone pathway, tables, and plants.
"The goal is to have the students be a part of the process of growing the food, out here, and having all the curriculum-connections, science social studies, math, art, music, and just kind of that space for kids to come out and have a different tool for learning," said Woolley.
Spence Elementary School is also working with GROW La Crosse on the garden portion of the project. Other grants were awarded for school supplies, training, projects and electronic equipment.