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School to Build Outdoor Reading Space

Parkway Elementary received a $5,000 grant from Lowe's to build an outdoor reading space.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Students at a St. Joseph school will soon have an outdoor place to read.

Parkway Elementary received a grant for $5,000 to build the outdoor reading garden.

The "Toolbox for Education" grant is a national grant awarded by Lowe's.

5th grade teacher Laura Stites worked with the school's PTA and wrote the grant.

Students are already excited the project and a new place to enjoy reading.

"I think it's more important now than it's ever been because the prevalence technology is so large and a lot of students would much rather grab an iPad, laptop or other technology instead of picking up a book, says Stites.

Parkway plans to convert the front median in front of the school into the outdoor reading area.

A committee is working to design the area

The school plans to begin work on the area in the spring and have it completed this fall.

If you'd like to learn more about the Toolbox for Education Grant click here.

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