Volunteer Service Club's
"Beautify to Unify"
A National and Global Youth Service Day Project
funded by a Youth Service America/State Farm Good Neighbor Grant
year, the United Jr/Sr High School's Volunteer Service Club
was recognized as a State Farm Good
Neighbor Service-Learning Award winner. The 'Beautify
to Unify' project involves
improving the landscapes of the median strip in
school parking lot, and a couple of local parks. As a
service-learning project, this will involve the creativity of students
in Adult Living Environments class, who will develop the landscape
designs for the project.
United community members, as well as area community leaders and local, state and national political leaders are invited to attend the Dedication Ceremony, which will be held on Sunday April 23, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. in conjunction with National and Global Youth Service Day. A big note of 'thanks' goes out to State Farm, and Youth Service of America for coordinating these grants.
A journal of the activities are listed below.
||Students learn about basic landscaping
concepts in class with Mrs. Bingman. They use a computer software
program to landscape the area around a house of their choosing.
||Mr. Bingman meets with the Living
Environments class. Students in the class measure the median in the
high school parking lot. Mr. Bingman makes suggestions as to how they
can design the landscape.
||Mrs. Bingman meets with Mr. Lucas, the
Industrial Arts teacher at Yorkwood High School, to dicuss having his
students build a pergola for the landscape. Since Yorkwood is making
plans to join the United District in 2007, this is a great way to start
bringing the two districts together.
and Mrs. Bingman purchase the lumber needed to build the pergola.
||Student groups in Mrs. Bingman's class
begin making landscape designs. Items chosen are based on a price sheet
given to them by Mrs. Bingman. Discussion of climate zone, amount
of sun, etc. has been discussed in last months classes. Dimensions for
pergola are marked off and staked in the median.
||Mr. Lucas and Yorkwood students in the
Industrial Arts program came over to the high school to begin building
Environments students begin constructing their landscape designs.
Environments students continue working on their landscape
designs. The finished designs will be judged by the Volunteer
Service Club members after Easter break.
||Mr. Lucas and the Industrial Arts students
return to put the finishing touches on the pergola. It sure looks
||Volunteer Service Club members meet to
choose a landscape design. They realize that there are certain
features of each of the designs that they like. It is decided that the
final landscape design will incorporate some features from each sketch.
||Plants are purchased, and the planting
||Landscape Dedication Ceremony is held.
Illinois State Representative Richard Myers of the 94th District is the
||Here are photos of the finished Unity
Gardens in the Alexis and Cameron Parks.
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