Lee Jackson Elementary School has been awarded a 30 in Thirty Grant of $500 in the Beautification category. Lee Jackson Elementary School in Mathews has a habitat for wildlife that includes several bird feeders and a flower garden. The habitat is located directly outside the library window, and the students enjoy identifying the birds with guides that are available in the library. Not only does the habitat provide a place of beauty at the school, it also extends student learning and creates empathy for nature. Funds awarded by Keep Virginia Beautiful will be used to purchase synthetic lumber to replace the raised beds, and to rebuild the retaining walls for the habitat.
Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for 30 in Thirty Grants for $500 to $1,000 telling how they are addressing these pressing issues: Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, and Community Beautification. Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $110,000 to 140 organizations throughout the state. This year, for the first time, we are awarding 45 grants because of the generosity of our partners at Altria, Keep America Beautiful, WestRock Foundation and Trex.