School’s landscaping team gets hands dirty for good cause

Staff Report

Flat Creek – Parents at North Windy Ridge Intermediate School (NWRIS) are dedicated to helping maintain a beautiful school not only inside, but out too. Ryan Houston, parent of a 6th grader at the school and owner of Lawn-N-Order Landscaping Inc., recently led a crew in a significant landscaping job.

With the help of other volunteers, in just two days flower beds were spruced-up, trees and shrubs were trimmed, and the iconic campus water fountain was rebuilt. Not only is the fountain back to its original beauty, including a newly constructed cascade water feature, but it’s now a larger habitat for the koi and goldfish that call it home.

“We are so lucky to have this inspiring water feature for our students and visitors to enjoy as they pass through the walkway to enter our building,” says GeGe Sinclair, Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) member. “Future project ideas will focus on the beautification of the school’s entrance area; we’ll plant additional trees, install flagstone, and construct benches or sitting stones. We also want to install plants that will attract butterflies and birds.”

Parents will continue to collaborate with school teachers and staff for other beautification efforts. The art teacher and students will create plant identification markers around campus. School custodians will keep diligently trimming the many shrubs and bushes around the campus. And the school’s garden club will turn the flowerbed by the school sign into a showcase for their gardening skills!

“I hope to contribute by creating a landscaping notebook that will help future PTO volunteers with a maintenance plan of action,” said Sinclair. “We hope to establish ourselves as a nonprofit and, therefore, be able to accept donations to help fund the ongoing beautification and maintenance efforts across our extensive campus! We will work on the best way to accomplish this goal of raising funds for our landscaping wishlist.”

The school’s PTO seeks any input, suggestions, or comments from the community and school stakeholders. This ongoing collaboration aims to create the best possible outdoor landscape for the staff, students, and visitors at North Windy Ridge, who will enjoy the campus and learn more about its connection with the natural world. Parent volunteers say they plan to work together to make NWRIS the most beautiful and serene campus for students for generations to come.

The school’s PTO has started a GoFundMe page.

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Clint Parker

Publisher & Editor Weaverville Tribune

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