JEWELLS Primary School will be a little sweeter this summer thanks to a council grant that allowed the school to add to one of its long-term projects.
Last month, the school's Gorgeous Garden area was given a makeover by more than 80 students and their families.
With the help of a $880 grant from Lake Macquarie City Council, they installed six, three-metre strawberry garden beds, nestled in dug-outs made from recycled stairs.
The grant was awarded to the school after it applied for the 2012-13 Lake Macquarie Environmental Sustainability Grants, almost halving the school's expenses for the project.
The Gorgeous Garden was established two years ago and is designed to encourage students to be inquisitive about organic food.
Gorgeous Garden project manager Christine Vial, who is also a year two teacher, said the project was already working.
"We've noticed an increase in kids who talk to teachers in the garden, and they've also told us they've built their own vegie gardens at home," she said.
Ms Vial said the school's aim was to demonstrate to its students how easy it was to grow organic food and how much nicer it tasted.
It does this by involving students in twice-weekly garden activities.