A green thumbs-up for the additions to the garden at Kingsley School.                                        Submitted photo

Last spring Kingsley School won a $3,600 grant from Lowe’s “Toolbox for Education” program to create a garden addition at the school. 

The garden addition and outdoor classroom includes six raised beds, two apple trees, a tool shed, mini greenhouse and rain barrel on Kingsley grounds, at the corner of Prairie Avenue and McCormick Boulevard, just west of the big red Kingsley sign.

The raised beds will be an addition to the main garden at Kingsley Green Acres, and are intended for the school’s youngest gardeners. The shed will eventually have some  kid-inspired artwork or murals on its exterior. 

The outdoor classroom area and supplies will be available to all teachers, with portable folding seats that classes can set up anywhere they would like for some fresh air reading or instructional time whenever the weather is nice.

Tom Sabin of District 65 Buildings and Grounds and a team of his workers cleared the sod for the raised beds and built a concrete pad for the shed foundation. They will also provide wood chips and build a fence.

The Raised Bed Team of Kingsley volunteers wielded drills last Wednesday to weatherproof and construct the raised beds and the Shed Painting Team, recently spent a Saturday morning painting the shed “Kingsley” red and blue.