Kingsport City Schools Education Foundation Awards Grant to Johnson Elementary School

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Recently, the Kingsport City Schools Education Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to Johnson Elementary School’s garden club, the Johnson Sprouts.

The KCS Education Foundation supplies revenue for projects and initiatives that are not directly supported by the State of Tennessee tax dollars or otherwise provided in the Kingsport City Schools district budget.

The Johnson Sprouts aim to create a pollinator garden to sustain and educate Johnson’s students, while working to keep the grounds safe and beautiful. The program allows students to practice knowledge gained from the classroom and teachers are highly invested in the program to creatively engage all students and volunteers involved in the club.

“The staff at Johnson are eager to continue supporting our Johnson Sprouts and volunteers in their efforts,” said Dr. Stacy Edwards, Johnson Elementary School Principal. “We are grateful for their focus on beautifying our campus while building leadership skills.”

“The Johnson Sprouts are truly honored to receive this gracious gift from the Kingsport Education Foundation,” said Dr. Lacy Hughes, Johnson Elementary School teacher and club sponsor. “We have big plans for our pollinator garden and look forward to continuing to collaborate with families and the community to support the learning of all children of Johnson through the garden space. We hope to continue fostering student leadership at Johnson in order to inspire other schools to form their own garden clubs.”

“One of the goals for the KCS Education Foundation is to encourage our teachers and schools to seek grants for special learning activities for our students,” said Pat Turner, KCS Education Foundation President. “This grant is truly icing on the cake since it can involve all students, interested parents, and master gardeners in our community.”

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Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district has a total enrollment of over 7,600 students and is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice, and an alternative learning program. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to Inspire. Cultivate. Impact.

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