Saturday, March 3, 2007

Working Together for Carrollton

The school district is happy, Halliburton is happy and Keep Carrollton Beautiful is definitely happy. They all did a great thing on Saturday and the Outdoor Learning Center is better for it.

Keep Carrollton Beautiful paired a CFBISD bench building project with a team of hardworking volunteers from Halliburton to install six benches at the Native Plant Garden they helped to create last spring. The Science Resource teacher, Mark Schallhorn and Bill Shipp, a district volunteer, made the benches using materials left from the fence-building project. “So it would match,” says Mark.

Braving the very cold wind Saturday morning, Keep Carrollton Beautiful volunteers from Halliburton installed the benches – setting them and trail timbers and mulch. Now the kids can study, sketch and contemplate nature while sitting along the trail. “Our Halliburton volunteers always come out with a can-do attitude. They have helped us on several projects,” said Sharon Goddard, founder and executive director of Keep Carrollton Beautiful.

The new Native Plant Garden gives the OLC a new sense of place. See pictures at the Change Gallery. Rick’s Famous Bar-B-Que treated the volunteers to wonderful barbequed beef, sausage and turkey and all the trimmings. They even feasted on warm peach cobbler and the warm part was very much appreciated! Certainly a luscious way to end a productive Saturday morning.