HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - One Pine Belt school recently received a nice check from a local foundation.
The Plum Creek Foundation recently awarded an education grant for $5,000 to Oak Grove Upper Elementary school.
The check will help further the school's garden program that's already in place.
Garden coordinator and AG ART teacher Heather Giger said it is important for the kids to see where their food comes from and the garden gives them a sense of accomplishment from that.
"We're going to use the funds to hopefully, maybe add a structure some way to the back of the garden, extend that garden some way whether that be a greenhouse or some type of barn to be able to store hay, maybe have an outdoor classroom that's covered," Giger said.
The school garden program provides more than 650 fourth and fifth graders with the opportunity to grow, harvest and eat food crops in Mississippi, according to a school press release.
The Plum Creek Foundation contributes to programs that improve the general welfare of the community that it serves.