Eighth Grade Students Transform School’s Courtyard
Flood Brook School eighth grade students Leah Mowry and Emma Tobin were so excited to report on what they and their class have been working on, that they recently wrote this news story:
Over the past two months the Flood Brook School eighth grade class has been working on their Legacy Projects. When middle school teacher Laura Callen approached her students about working on a way to give back to the school where many of them had spent the past nine years, they decided to do something different. In years past, eighth grade classes at the school built sheds or picnic tables; however the class of 2016 wanted to do something more. They came up with the idea of giving their school’s courtyard a complete face-lift! To complete this project, they split into working groups, set goals and a workable budget, created a project schedule, defined deliverables and identified possible issues. The students then applied for a series of grants to fund their project.
They could not have been successful without the support of the Arts Committee and the Flood Brook Student Activity Cooperative who together donated over $2,000 for materials.
The students worked tirelessly, and the courtyard is now complete. With the help of Jon Mowry,Burr and Burton Academy’s woodworking teacher, groups of students designed, built and painted six Adirondack chairs and three benches; designed and painted a 20-foot-long mural of Vermont scenery; dug out and installed organic herb and flower beds for the Farm to School Committee; and designed and painted a new courtyard fence flanked by flower pots. The eighth graders also added in some personal touches, working with Susan Leader, a residential artist and art teacher Casey Bailey to create individualized clay tiles which were then cemented in the garden walls by Michael Bailey.
Finally, each eighth grader’s footprint was permanently imprinted on a path that leads from the school out to the courtyard, so younger students can “follow in their footsteps.”