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BUSINESSES AND NONPROFITS PARTNER TO BRING VANCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GROUNDS TO LIFE (Mountain Xpress) The Vance Elementary schoolyard in West Asheville is undergoing a transformation. The Roots Foundation has been working with teachers, administration, parents, and students at Vance Elementary for over a year to create plans for developing the school grounds into an interactive, ecological learning laboratory that brings learning beyond four walls and connects the curriculum to the environment.

The Roots Foundation, which recently received 501c3 status, is a new non-profit founded by Asheville’s Roots Hummus company. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance education and communities through edible landscaping and garden-based education.

As part of their ‘Heroes’ program, Lowe’s Home Improvement store on Smokey Park Highway is now partnering with Vance Elementary and the Roots Foundation to bring the vision for ‘edible education’ at the school to life.

Teika Clavell is a vibrant eighth-grade science teacher in Cumberland County and the 2016 Educator on Loan at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.