Once again, our incredible Valle Verde community stepped up to the challenge and knocked it out of the ballpark. We had ambitious Community Service plans - build 6 planter beds, create a native habitat garden where there used to be artificial turf, build three metal outdoor tables, and rehabilitate the succulent garden bed near the MUR. We did all that, and more.
This was a true community effort that benefited from every single person involved - from parents who have been with Valle Verde for years, to new parents just getting started; from VV graduates at Northgate digging holes to current and future students putting their artistic stamp in the rock garden; from our amazing custodian supporting us every step of the way, to our tireless principal digging and shoveling alongside us on Saturday - we accomplished so much yesterday because of our common goal to bring more outdoor learning spaces to our Valle Verde community.
The list of people who we want to thank for getting us this far could go on and on, but that is a good problem to have! We received generous donations of plants and materials from parents as well as local companies - The Rockery, Home Depot, A&J Fencing, Outdoor Supply Hardware. A number of families spent several weekends doing labor-intensive prep work on the garden area, sacrificing the ability to hold forks or open jars for several days. And nothing would have been possible if we didn’t have our master design and build team of Lisa and Ryan Pappas cutting all the lumber for the garden beds ahead of time for us!!
There’s still work left to be done (the small matter of figuring out the irrigation source…), but we’ve come incredibly far in just one short month. If you’re looking for a way to help immediately, the best thing you can do is talk to your children about the circular planter bed in the Quad - we know this is a popular spot for kids to run through, but we ask that kids not enter this area for a few weeks (it is fenced off with caution tape) so that the plants have a chance to grow in. This is our new California native garden learning center, where we can teach the kids about the magic of native plants.
Thank you all again for your support on this project - we are proud to be part of this energetic, talented and generous community.
Click here to check out photos from the day: https://photos.app.goo.gl/V1awsjivqrxJhouH7
Jane Klinger and Renee Gregg
Community Service Day Co-Chairs