Clifton Career Development School
Clifton CDS has received a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant for our Sensory Garden.
Our grant application was based on the goal of adding a gazebo, arbors, benches, and trellises to our new garden. We look forward to using the Sensory Garden with our students.
The mission of our project is to provide a natural oasis in our urban environment. Our students rarely experience the natural sights, calming sounds, soothing smells, interesting textures and fresh tastes that a sensory garden would provide. We have been introducing mindfulness techniques and social and emotional learning in the past year with good outcomes. Some students and teachers have been doing yoga on campus. The sensory garden would offer students with another mindful space, a chance to work on social and emotional skills while working together to plant, weed, and sow.
We have started our space with six raised beds. Each of the five senses will be represented in a raised bed container (the containers were donated by a staff member). The remaining raised bed will contain plants to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
The space for the sensory garden is already delineated by crushed granite, which will allow our students who use wheelchairs to participate fully. Arches at both entries will provide a visual invitation to enter and act as trellises for climbing plants. Additional trellises will also be used at one end to create a natural wall to block a view of the parking lot. An arbor will be placed adjacent to the sensory
garden to provide a shaded spot for a bench. We are also very excited to add the gazebo, with benches for seating. This could be a sort of outdoor classroom or spot for staff to eat lunch outside.
All K-12 public schools in the United States are eligible for the Toolbox for Education program. More information is available at ToolboxforEducation.com.
Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Lowe's for this grant!
Wednesday, May 23
Final student day at Clifton for the 2017-18 school year.
Culinary Arts $5 lunches will return next school year. Thanks for dining with us!
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Clifton Career Development School 1519 Coronado Hills Drive, Austin, Texas 78752 Phone: (512)414-3614 Fax: (512)323-2646