The Jose Ortega Greening Committee has a vision for our school. One part of this vision is to transform some of the uninviting and unused spaces into places that children can play and learn. For our latest effort, parent Tharon Kelly organized an all-volunteer group of parents, friends, and relatives to reclaim an empty patch in the corner of the play yard, known mainly for collecting trash and weeds…
They terraced it, brought in retaining wall blocks, built a deck, and installed a fence.
The project required many truckloads of gravel.
At the ribbon cutting, Tharon and principal JoLynn Washington presented the finished result to the school.
The children put it to great use, starting on the very first day.
And it’s good for more than just play. Here are the fifth graders having a science class in the fresh air!