Southridge Outdoor Learning Facility received a $25,000 grant Friday, May 19.

The garden project at Southridge Elementary was one of 600 applicants nationwide. Of the community and school organizations that applied, 24 were selected by Seeds of Change to receive grants and the LISD learning facility was one of two school programs that won the grand prize.

“More than 400,000 votes were cast by the public to determine the top 50 finalists before a panel of judges evaluated those applications and selected the final award recipients,” according to a press release.

First Grade Teacher Sarah Allen had the idea for Southridge Elementary’s garden project when she started researching the impacts on students of learning outside. Grocery stores are difficult to find in the elementary school’s surrounding area and the garden could help students learn about food nutrition, she said in a Lewisville ISD online post.

The Seeds of Change Grant Program is an annual initiative funded by one percent of Seeds of Change net sales as a part of the brand’s commitment to helping create healthier and greener communities, Ari Berman said on behalf of Seeds of Change.