Parents and students connected to Eastwood’s Lantrip Elementary School are showing off a new mulch-covered running track, separate wheelchair-ready path, and set of 12 raised garden beds on a decomposed-granite pad built this fall by volunteers from materials purchased with a $20,000 grant the school won in July. The garden-bed installation, pictured above in front of an older campus greenhouse, will also serve as an outdoor classroom for the school at the northern reaches of Telephone Rd. Also newly installed: a set of 20 new fruit trees with irrigation equipment sent by the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, in addition to the earlier grant from Keep America Beautiful and the Lowe’s Foundation.
But that’s not all for the school greenery projects, which include planting more trees and native plants and putting in place rain barrels and compost bins. Lantrip joined the GreenSchools! environmental education program last year. Next, it plans to join up with other East End schools — starting with nearby Austin High School — to create a 10-to-12-campus USDA Forest Service pilot program for a “greenbelt” that will help member schools improve their outdoor spaces and education programs.
Photo: Susan Green