ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) – Volunteers from multiple organizations joined students at Scott Elementary School for Earth Day. They did a service project to celebrate the day, along with news of the school getting STEM certification.
It’s nothing unusual for students to participate in fun and educational activities at Scott Elementary, but they’ll tell you Earth Day 2022 was extra special.
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Volunteers from several organizations, including Macy’s, Trust for Public Land, Trees Atlanta, Cox Communications and Hands on Atlanta, dug and shoveled to create a community garden.
“They took time out of their day to come and help us build and reconnect our school and make it a better place for the environment,” said fifth-grade student Christian Marshall.
Cheryl Jones-Allie led the project. “I’ve been an educator for over 20 years, but I’m also a breast cancer survivor, so for me, building this garden is personal,” she said.
The volunteers have set up a fenced garden on one side of the school and another inside the yard. The students were eager to plant the first seeds. They helped volunteers assemble the planters, they painted benches and some, like third-grade student Riley Hill, helped build birdhouses.
“We’re going to do the long stick on the ground and put the bird house on top,” Riley said, explaining the next steps.
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“Macy’s is currently involved with the Trust for Public Land. It’s a whole new partnership that we’ve established,” said Oliver Koehler, Macy’s senior manager of human resources, finance and associated systems, who came with 20 other Macy’s employees in various roles.
“We are here today, on Earth Day, not only to celebrate the land, but also to celebrate the recent STEM certification that Scott Elementary received,” said Jay Wozniak, Georgia Program Director for the Trust for Public Land. .
The school is now certified in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“We don’t just teach you science and engineering, landscaping and those things. We want you to build something and take those skills, everything you’ve given, and inject them into the community,” said Scott Elementary School Principal Langston Longley.
Organizers say the service project isn’t just about planting a garden, it’s about students planting the seeds of success.
“There are so many things that are going to come out of this garden, including all the academic areas that they need to accomplish,” Jones-Allie said.
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School officials say this is the first of many student community projects to come.