Woodland Heights Elementary School students will get to learn about nature in a “Learning Garden” that will be built on the grass at the front of the school, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Goody’s Family Clothing Store company.

Woodland Heights is the only Texas school to receive a grant from Goody’s Good Deeds for Schools program. The company is awarding $500,000 in grants to 50 schools nationwide to help pay for items the schools need but can’t afford such as playground updates, new computer technology and arts programs, Goody’s said in a press release.

Melissa Mullins, manager of the Brownwood store, presented a replica of the check during an assembly at the school Wednesday. She was accompanied by Gayle McNeill, a landscape architect who designed the garden at no charge.

McNeill said she and her husband, Mark, moved to Brownwood nine months ago from Ohio. Mark McNeill works at 3M. She said she agreed to design the garden on behalf of the Brownwood Culture and Garden Club.

A bald cypress tree will be at the center of the Learning Garden. The Learning Garden will include fruit trees, a vegetable garden, a storybook garden, a native plant garden and a bird garden. It will also include small covered water barrels for plants and animals including turtles, fish and frogs.

School principal Bob Turner said the idea for the Learning Center evolved from the PTO’s discussions on how to spend some PTO funds.

McNeill said she agreed to design the Learning Garden at no charge because of her desire to share her “passion and talent” with children and the community.