Campus Beautification Day at Marshall Fundamental Secondary School

Community Comes Together to Clean, Plant, and Improve Campus

Published : Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | 12:28 PM

Christine Lim, Malia Jadyn Berganio, and Bridget Wong

On Saturday, October 21, Marshall Fundamental School and its PTSA hosted a Campus Beautification Day, and several dozen students and their parents turned out to contribute some considerable sweat equity. They worked for several hours cleaning up garden beds and grounds, pruning trees and shrubs, and adding new plantings to a large area in the school’s Quad.

Jocelyn Manzo and Katelyn Hampton

The students’ support was especially impressive, as many gave up a Saturday morning to better their campus. Sophomore National Honor Society member Melodie Ahn said, “It’s amazing to see the turn out today. I am hoping that the students who came to Beautification Day see this as a great learning experience and will set an example to those who didn’t come today to maintain and enjoy the cleanliness and beauty. They’ll see how much work it took!”

Hunter Komuro & Myles Mickens, Dyllon Johnson, Michael Karish, David Scott, David Chisum, and Raymond Rodriguez

A centerpiece of the day’s effort was the addition of a large dry creek bed in a long-neglected garden that lines Casa Grande Street on the school’s north side. Parent volunteer David Chisum, owner of Chisum Trails Landscaping & Design, led the project, lending his extensive landscaping knowledge and securing donations from La Canada Rustic Stone and Lincoln Avenue Nursery to create a beautiful display with boulders, small rocks, and mulch. The creek bed will be long-lasting and easy to maintain.

Lena Bayrakdarian, Marshall PTSA President and Richard Ludt, Director of Environmental Affairs/LEED AP Interior Removal Specialist, Inc.

Lena Bayrakdarian, Marshall’s PTSA President, loved the camaraderie of the day, marveling at the “incredible result that occurs when a diverse community of people work together towards a common goal. Friendships were made, unity was created, and we all felt a sense of pride and accomplishment.” The Marshall PTSA is grateful for David’s support, the donations from local businesses, and the hands-on help from the school community – the successful day has inspired them to schedule more Beautification Days in the future!

Completed Dry Creek Bed garden designed and installed by parent David Chisum

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