Independence Elementary School teachers and students grew vegetables and flowers thanks to a Lowe’s Charitable Education Grant received earlier this year.

As the close of another school year approached, teachers and students spent many hours tending to the flower and vegetable gardens purchased with the $3,200 grant, a news release said.

Students in Karla Douglas’ first-grade class planted tomatoes and bell peppers in their vegetable garden. Linda Morel’s fourth-grade class picked, cut and taste-tested radishes they planted.

Students in each grade level kept journals, watered and tended the gardens daily. Principal Lisa Raiford and Administrative Assistant Melanie Johnston promised to look after the gardens while students are out for summer.