Penrose Elementary gets new grant, supplies for gardening program

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Penrose Elementary is receiving a new grant to help keep a three-year gardening program alive. 

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo gave the school a grant to focus on plants that attract pollinating insects, like bees and birds. 

Weather permitting, kids are continuing what they started three years ago, putting what they’ve learned in the classroom to the test. 

“What they’ve learned the most is just how much work goes into trying to make something like this a reality,” fourth grade teacher Brian Holcombe said. “They’ve been out here measuring. They come out here and they have to–whatever ideas they come up with, they actually have to be workable in real life.” 

The school hopes to make the outdoor area more appealing for all, including members of the community. Lowe’s also donated mulch, and Colorado Springs Utilities gave them some telephone poles to use. 

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