Middle school gets a facelift

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By The Staff

Who would think that by the seventh grade a facelift is in order? But that’s just what Los Alamos Middle School had in mind this year.

Assets in Action, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Keep New Mexico Beautiful Inc.  (KNMB)along with others came together to brighten the look of Hawk homestead with a few landscape additions.

The purchase of some bricks at Lowe’s provided at cost, some soil from LAPS Prevention Specialist Georgina Williams and some muscle from the Los Alamos Family Council, Community Health Council and of course LAMS staff and students, began the creation of a Pledge Garden.

The community service classes and student council members got down to do some digging for the project when the school year started.

A small garden, created by LAMS employee Suzanne Melton, as a tribute to former school nurse Bonnie Lissoway, was expanded to allow students to plant bulbs during Red Ribbon Week.

Students volunteered a portion of their lunch hour to hear valuable health tips from Katie Bridgewater of Los Alamos Family Council, in an attempt to reduce or reinforce the goal of not smoking at a young age.

The students planted hundreds of bulbs with the intent of seeing them bloom in the spring. The idea was borrowed from Chamisa School Elementary.

 A LAMS parent volunteered to write a small grant to Keep New Mexico Beautiful Incorporated and $800 was awarded through the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board to round out the plantings and acquire some pots to beautify the entry- way.

As spring weather dawned, the community service students once again took some time out to benefit their own learning environment. Students and volunteers, including KNMB Grant Chair Chad Lauritzen, added the new plantings from Pajarito Greenhouse to the Pledge Garden and to the pots, which feature Kokopelli and gecko renderings.

“I would like to thank Keep New Mexico Beautiful, because this grant money will have a significant impact for our site,” LAMS Principal Donna Grim said. “We have worked very hard this year to improve morale for the entire LAMS campus and the ability to plant flowers, trees, etc. is one terrific way to improve. This will not only involve students, because they do some of the planting and caretaking but now when anyone walks on to our campus, we will look more inviting. This will help LAMS make an excellent first impression.”

Grim, along with a few parents, has volunteered to keep up with watering during the summer.

The Wednesday and Sunday stints still need volunteers who can work for an hour to continue the garden’s growth.

 Assets In Action staff will place volunteers’ names into a prize drawing and will select a winner when the school bell rings.

Those wishing to donate an hour of their time can call 661-4846 or e-mail AssetsInAction@att.net.

Assets In Action is soliciting donations for bulbs to plant in the fall and for supplies to add an herb and vegetable garden to the school.