Photo Gallery | The Greening of Brown School

This summer, Frank I. Brown Elementary School in South Portland received a $2000 Lowe’s Heroes grant to use for "greening" their school grounds.  As a result of the Lowe’s Heroes grant, Brown School now has an outdoor eating area with picnic tables under a pergola, extending their cafeteria outside in nice weather. Other greening features include a large sandbox and two new landscaped gardens at the front of the school.  An arborvitae hedge along the chain-link fence now separates the playground from Broadway.  This provides more privacy for students, and screens out some of the noise and pollution from the busy traffic on this major South Portland thoroughfare.  

The Brown School vegetable garden is now in its 3rd year.  It is planted by children in the spring, tended by families in the summer, and harvested in the fall.  Last year Brown school held a “harvest table” lunch event so that all the children could sample fruits & vegetables from the garden.  A composting program was launched this past spring.

The Brown Greening Committee plans to do ongoing work on expanding the vegetable garden and finding new ways to green school grounds.  The receipt of the Lowe's grant was a major step in that direction.

In addition to Lowe’s incredible generosity, John O’Connor, a Lowe’s employee and Brown School parent, was instrumental in finding additional donations of products and labor from local businesses, and he built the pergola and sandbox.  Brown Greening received donations of labor and materials from Chris Roberts of CKC Landscaping, Chris Pascale of CMP Stone Masonry, Old Castle, Grondin Construction, and Blue Rock

The majority of the project was finished in one week due to the dedicated efforts of John O’Connor and many Brown School volunteers – staff, parents, and children. 

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