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Photo Gallery | PHOTO GALLERY: River Eves students play in the dirt

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Thanks to a generous donation from Lowe's, the students at River Eves Elementary School in Roswell have a place to play (and learn) in the dirt.

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded the school a $4,585 Toolbox for Education grant to plant the garden and help raise environmental awareness among the next generation.

"Receiving this grant means expanding our learning to the outdoors, taking advantage of our natural resources and possibly influencing our youth in the area of agriculture as a possible career alternative if they discover a passion which was untapped previously," said River Eves principal Neil Pinnock. "Without these gardens, some students may never experience the joy of producing their own fruits and vegetables. We are honored to be a Lowe's grant recipient."

Two PTA moms, Megan Hall and Leslie Thomson, led the effort to begin planting the garden beside the school's media center. The final product includes a butterfly garden, herbs and vegetables.

Additionally, the volunteers filled the kindergarten and first grade playground with pumpkins, squash and lettuce for the children to tend.

"Our students have already learned so much through our gardening program -- not to mention pride in helping to create something lasting at our school," said first grade teacher Phyllis Stockton. "And this is only the beginning!"

To learn more about the Lowe's programs for schools, visit www.toolboxforeducation.com.