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Mullican's grant earns Dibrell $500
Local Tractor Supply Company manager Lynn Adcock, left, and Warren County High School senior and grant writer Kelsey Mullican, center, are joined by Dibrell School principal Shelia Gann.

Dibrell Elementary School will benefit from a $500 school garden grant through Tractor Supply Company’s Dig-It program.
The garden grant was written by Warren County High School senior Kelsey Mullican. She wrote it on behalf of Dibrell School as part of her Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) project, Plant, Grow, Learn.     
She recently competed at the regional competition in the category Focus on Children. She earned a silver award for her effort, and will now compete at the state level March 28-30. 
Mullican and a group of volunteers met at the school on Thursday and made the first steps making a successful garden. Her service project will be used as a hands-on-teaching tool for the students.
Assisting in the planting was Dibrell students and principal Sheila Gann, Director of Schools Bobby Cox, FCCLA advisor Connie Bell and Master Gardener members. 
“We were so excited to help Mullican with her project and work with the students to get the garden started,” said Bell. “We were lucky to get some plants in the ground before the rain started.”
The TSC Dig-It grant provides a $500 gift card and educational materials for the school to use for the garden. According to TSC project manager Katie Bigness, the company is happy to assist the school to have the necessary tools to create a garden program.