Number of Participants: 15
Hours Donated: 10
Value of Time Served: $1,268
Event Type: Schools
Date: June 21, 2021
The courtyard at Seaford Middle School got a fresh look this spring and the renovation was a collaborative effort among several groups of students.
Eighth graders from the National Junior Honor Society along with students from the Service Club and the nature study course combined forces to improve the outdoor space. While it is an annual tradition for members of the honor society to take care of the courtyard as a community service project, this year featured some significant upgrades.
Throughout April and May, honor society students worked afterschool to redesign and rebuild the center garden. They removed old wood, raked, weeded and put down new mulch. Additionally, they encircled all of the trees with mulch, repainted the picnic tables, planted marigolds and prepared a sunflower field and pumpkin patch, both of which will come to life in the fall.
‘They really did an amazing job,” said Sarah Frank, co-adviser of the honor society with Danielle Alveari.
Members of the Service Club, under the direction of advisers Amanda Smith and Julis Spellman, painted stepping stones. The flat, round stones were placed around the courtyard, including five that identify the types of sunflowers that were planted. They also decorated dozens of rocks with colorful designs and inspirational messages.
Students in Frank Maniscalco’s nature study class also contributed to the courtyard project. They removed an old pond in the corner, filled it in an and replaced it with rocks. Additionally, they placed large rocks in the center garden around the bushes and flowers.
1: Eighth graders from the National Junior Honor Society helped beautify the courtyard at Seaford Middle School.
2: Service Club members, from left, Alexa Cantore, Sydney McEntee, Kylie Reeves, Molly Restivo and Ava O’Keefe painted stepping stones that will be placed around the courtyard.
3: In the fall, Seaford Middle School students can look forward to a pumpkin patch.
4: The center garden was redesigned with new rocks, mulch and plants.
5: Sixth grader Sydney McEntee and her peers in the Service Club wrote inspirational messages on rocks which were placed throughout the courtyard.
Photos courtesy of the Seaford School District