Students at Pegram are learning about the arts and great outdoors — thanks to two grants the school has received over the past year.
The school received a $7,000 grant through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to promote the arts.
Pegram has been the recipient of many Community Foundation grants through the years, but the $7,000 was the largest the school has received, said Principal Detra Emery.
The most recent grant covers various art projects for the spring 2016 and fall 2016 semesters.
In the spring, artist and Pegram resident and parent Kristie Fakhoorian worked with the students, and each grade created a large painting.
"Each student was also able to paint an individual canvas for themselves," Emery said.
The fourth-grade class painting, which features a bluejay (the school's mascot) perched atop a tree limb, hangs on the side of the school and can be seen when staff members, students, parents and visitors arrive.
The painting also contains the initials of each fourth-grade student from last school year. The students are now fifth-graders at Harpeth Middle School.
Fakhoorian's husband, Ryan, also landscaped the area surrounding the painting.
Emery said the other class paintings will be displayed throughout the school for everyone to admire.
"The students had so much fun working with Kristie and learning about art," Emery said.
Emery said the school hopes to have an art show to display the students' work, and the school has applied for the same grant again.
Another new project at the school includes an outdoor garden, which was made possible by a $500 Tractor Supply Co. grant.
Pegram received the grant at the end of the 2016 school year.
The third-grade class has already started working in one garden, which is in the back of the school near the playground.
"Our goal is to have a different garden for each grade level," Emery said.
Emery said the garden is a good learning tool for the students as teachers can incorporate other subjects, such as writing, math and science, into the project.
A few parents and businesses have either volunteered their time or donated items to the garden. StoneTree Mulch Gravel and More recently donated some mulch.
"The students have enjoyed learning about the garden, and we are thankful for the hands-on experience they are receiving," she said.