Grapevine Elementary School, Heritage Elementary School and Grapevine High School all received grants Nov. 13 to help students learn more about environmental stewardship and community beautification.

The details

According to a Grapevine-Colleyville ISD news release, the 2023 Gives grant program from Keep Grapevine Beautiful is in collaboration with Five Star Subaru-Grapevine.

The news release states each school was awarded grants to enhance existing environmental projects on their campuses.
  • Grapevine Elementary received $1,500 to replace three aging raised beds, and create a space for students to plant and harvest herbs and vegetables. The project also includes the addition of 15 perennial plants to establish an urban sensory area and the installation of a compost bin.
  • Heritage Elementary received $1,250 for renovations to the school’s outdoor garden fence, maintenance of existing vegetable beds and overall improvement of the school garden.
  • Grapevine High School received $1,000 for Ecology Center enhancements, including a comprehensive map; labels and information for key features, such as the pollinator garden; a nature trail; a pond and waterfall; and a Veterans Memorial Walk.
What they’re saying

“There is value in knowing and experiencing the wonder of nature at a young age,” said Elyse Habenicht, Grapevine Elementary School's PTA environmental chair. “It fosters a lifetime of environmental consciousness.”

Karrie Fox, who is with Heritage Elementary's PTA and serves as the Outdoor Learning Center chair, said the garden is “like that little gem in the neighborhood. For the garden club students, it’s a place to learn how to be good stewards of the environment, and it’s always fun to see them so excited about the fruits of their labor.”