Ashburton Elementary School partnered with The Home Depot Foundation to celebrate its success in fostering environmental awareness, conservation and stewardship. With a Community Impact Grant, the Bethesda Home Depot donated more than $6,000 in merchandise to refresh the school’s garden, including power-washing, raised beds, soil, large planters and plants, a shed, garden arch, deck box, umbrellas, bird feeders, a wheelbarrow and paint.
“We are most excited about this project because it directly impacts so many kids,” said assistant store manager Michael Johnson. In the spring, Ashburton completed a 12-year process, achieving Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education Maryland Green Schools Sustainability status. Kindergarten teacher Erin Burrell has also been awarded an excellence in teacher award by the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation and a Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the innovative ways she uses creative experiences in the garden to enrich student learning.