Friday, September 27, 2013

Community Partners Make Learning Beautiful

Washington Junior High students will have a new Commons area to enjoy on Monday morning. Dozens of volunteers from Walmart, Scots Miracle-Gro, and Berry Family Nurseries spent several hours on Friday installing new trees and planters on the site. The new landscaping is part of an ongoing effort this fall by Washington’s community partners to beautify the Commons area for students. Other local businesses including Pavestone, Col-Met, AMES True Temper, and STR Trucking have volunteered time, materials, and equipment. The Washington Junior High School PTO also donated $10,000 to pave a new basketball court for students.

Washington’s principal, Tim Sparacino, was very appreciative, saying “We are extremely honored to have been the recipient of such an amazing gift.  Our students will benefit greatly from not only the beautification efforts but also from the constant reminder of how important and powerful it is to serve others and donate your time, talents, and efforts to a worthy cause.”

The school will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on October 7th to celebrate its new Commons area and thank everyone who donated. The school ran a contest for students to design the mural that will be painted on a wall on the site. The student whose design is chosen will win a $50 Wal-Mart gift card from Scots Miracle-Gro and have the honor of cutting the ribbon at the ceremony.  

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