|Small courtyard fish pond - before|
|Small courtyard fish pond - after|
In the small courtyard, Denise Dunn has led the efforts to clean out the fish pond that was choked with weeds, restore the weather station complete with benches for outdoor classes to use, and build raised beds for a sensory garden.
In the large courtyard, Natalie Perry is leading the efforts to clear weeds, clearing a space for families to enjoy lunch with students outdoors, and create a demonstration garden with native Jamestown plantings, making a connection to the Social Studies curriculum. Boats were donated by Woodlake to be used as planters, and other courtyard materials were donated from Lowes, Wal-Mart, Luck Stone, and Woodlake Environmental Committee. PTA and Boyscout volunteers worked together in November to spread soil and mulch, and when Spring comes, the planting can begin!
The courtyards are still a work in progress, and will require many more volunteer hours. A grant was procured from Project Learning Tree that will be a great help! If you're interested in donating time or materials, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org