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Capitol Middle School’s Mean Green Community Garden Machine

October 17, 2011

By Jo Reddick, Corps Member Proudly Serving at Broadmoor Middle School

After over a month of planning, City Year Baton Rouge’s own Capitol Middle School team hosted their very own service project at, where else, Capitol Middle School.  This past Saturday the team brought out approximately fifty volunteers including many students, parents, staff, and community members, as well as Capitol’s Beta Club, to build a community garden on Capitol’s campus.  City Year board member Jennifer Eplett Reilly and her family also came out to help.  The volunteers worked all day planting trees, painting a fence mural, preparing flower beds, building two arbors, and moving a LOT of mulch.  Lauren Treacy mentioned that fruits and vegetables would be planted in the garden in hope of being useful to the school’s home economics classes.


The Capitol team worked long hours in the week leading up to the event; setting up and preparing for the event, as well as attending the school’s dance on Thursday where they joined in on popular dances with the students as corps member Derrek Beavers served as the DJ.  Capitol team member Cherie Cancio believes that the team’s attendance at the dance, as well as their work in the garden, is helping them become visible to the whole school, not just the 6th graders that they work with, and showing their dedication to supporting the transformation of the school. 

When asked how she thought the day went, corps member Sarah Kelley said,  “Good.  It was good to see volunteers come out and help us, because there is no way we could have done it alone.”

The Capitol Middle School team expressed an immense amount of gratitude to Star Hill Baptist and the Capitol Middle School Diplomas Now team for sponsoring and supporting their efforts.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. -- friend of Dacie permalink
    October 17, 2011 10:24 pm

    great job, Baton Rouge CityYear Team!!

  2. November 18, 2011 1:15 am

    Happy to see a school garden at Capital Middle. Hope it flourishes.

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