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NHS students spruce up courtyard

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Students at Northview High School recently conducted a make over for the high school courtyard.
Recently, students from the Northview High School (NHS) Interact Club, a group of junior Rotarians, gave their school's courtyard a make over.

"We'd done a couple projects to help (Serving on the Streets) and to raise money for Pennies for Peace, an organization that provides education to young women in Afghanistan, but we noticed the courtyard hadn't had any TLC," NHS Interact faculty sponsor Dianna Knox told The Brazil Times. "We wanted to do something to help the school."

She added many of the plants were dying or were growing out of control, and the group worked hard to "tame them down."

NHS sophomore Haley Morris said she contributed by helping trim bushes and tress down.

"It helped improve how people will see the school," Morris said.

"It was a nice way to talk to people without having school work attached, and I learned about how to section off where each plant would grow."

Morris' classmate and fellow club member, NHS sophomore Makylie Siples, agreed.

"We got a lot of work done in a very short time," Siples said. "I like that we're doing something for the school, and it was interesting to learn which plants grew in the shade and which grew in the sun."

Siples added the gardening experience was her first time participating in an Interact event, and it gave her the chance to form some positive social relationships.

"I got a chance to talk to others who I hadn't in a while, and the courtyard has improved a lot and it looks so much better," Siples said.

"But there's a lot more we could still do, like fill the plain spots with colorful flowers and do some more trimming."

During the project the club had specific goals in mind, including trimming the old organic material off of the liriope, weed, move stepping stone, pick up trash, plant English Ivy behind the bench and in front of the offices, move the azaleas to a shady place, and trim the boxwood, lilac bush and hydrangea tree.

In addition, they wanted to move the liriope plants down to create a border and plant mint amongst the holly.

The students trimmed the Quince back to make it approxiamately a foot tall.

The students said they plan to maintain the garden, and the want to look for plants to bloom in the spring and fall.

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