JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro School District's MicroSociety Magnet School received a $4,000 grant from Lowe's to turn an empty courtyard into a learning space.
Principal Misty Doyle applied for the grant when she realized the school could utilize the vacant courtyard.
The school will use the grant money to turn this space into a sensory garden where students can have class, read, write and enjoy the outdoors.
"It gets student out of the normal just in the classroom just sitting down in their tables and chairs, anytime we can do that and get students outside we love to do that," Doyle said.
The garden will benefit all students, especially those who have sensory issues.
"It is great for students with sensory processing disorder such as our autistic kids, so we wanted to create a calm therapeutic place for them as well," Doyle said.
Doyle said the garden can also be used for Book club meetings that outside groups organize for the school.
Students and staff found out about the grant announcement Thursday and many were very excited.
Doyle said several students live in apartments so this is just another opportunity to get them outside.
The school has already contacted the local Lowe's and they are willing to provide any assistance for the project.
Doyle said she is very thankful for the grant. She said grants like this really help schools with projects that cannot be funded by the district or federal funding.
"If there is something that will add something for the students that will help them with their learning or emotional needs, we will do it for our students," Doyle said.
Some of the money will also be used to add new umbrellas to a current courtyard at the school.
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