Students at Spanish Lake Primary School in Prairieville are harvesting the benefits of Ascension Fund grants awarded this school year.

Teachers Vicki May, Loretta Moody and Catherine Ragusa were awarded grants that centered on outdoor learning. The funds were used on gardens, composters and an outdoor classroom.

Step into Nature’s Classroom, a school impact grant awarded to all three teachers, is at the center of the experience. The large, outdoor classroom, once completed, will provide teachers and students will multi-sensory learning experiences. Leading from the classroom, gardens and nature trails will provide inspiration for science, math and language lessons, a news release said.

Plant a Seed, Meet a Need, awarded to May, provided planters and garden tools, which the kindergartners used this spring. When learning about plants, the students were able to plant their own garden and experience the plant life cycle first hand.

Growing it Nature’s Way, awarded to Ragusa, taught the students lessons in the recycle, reuse and reduce philosophy. Students participated in using the composter to help prepare the gardens for next year’s crops.

When finished, the projects will act as a cohesive outdoor learning experience for students at Spanish Lake Primary.

“Once finished, I know the outdoor classroom is going to give my teachers the opportunity to reach all of the learning styles we have here at Spanish Lake,” Principal Britt Colon said.

Funds for the grants were provided by BASF Corporation, InfiniEdge Software and Play Dirty through the Ascension Fund, a nonprofit organization established in 1991 by the Gonzales Rotary Club.

Additional funding for the outdoor classroom was provided by Steven Ring and SER Developers.