September 30, 2008

School beautification effort is elementary

Volunteers turn school's perimeter into a garden
Monterey County (Calif.) Herald
Sept. 26, 2008

Armed with shovels and rakes, the chain gang of parents and Home Depot employees walked away from the pizza boxes Thursday toward a eucalyptus that shades part of Bay View Elementary School.

Lunch break was over. It was time to get back to moving dirt.

This wasn't forced labor or a sign of a successful student coup at the New Monterey school. Rather, this was the scene of a beautification project undertaken by about 60 Bay View parents and off-the-clock Home Depot employees volunteering to transform some shabby portions of the school's perimeter into a garden area.

"It was just shrubs," Carrie Pierce, school PTA president, said of one section along Prescott Avenue. "We would sit outside after school and fantasize about what could be done."

With the help of a $2,000 grant from KaBOOM!, a nonprofit group that funds thousands of playground makeover projects nationwide, that fantasy has become a reality. [More]

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