Courtyard Complete Thanks to Lowes

Thank you to the volunteers at Lowes of Hicksville for transforming Countrywood’s outdoor space! thumbnail143094
Thank you to the volunteers at Lowes of Hicksville for transforming Countrywood’s outdoor space!
Volunteers uprooted bushes and trees and added fresh coats of colorful paint to the courtyard’s benches.  thumbnail143095
Volunteers uprooted bushes and trees and added fresh coats of colorful paint to the courtyard’s benches.
Fresh mulch readied the space for new flowers to grow. thumbnail143096
Fresh mulch readied the space for new flowers to grow.
These two volunteers added a fresh coat of paint to the perimeter to brighten the space.  thumbnail143097
These two volunteers added a fresh coat of paint to the perimeter to brighten the space.
This hand built bench will get plenty of use! thumbnail143098
This hand built bench will get plenty of use!
The new bright and colorful fence is sure to boost student creativity. thumbnail143103
The new bright and colorful fence is sure to boost student creativity.
Lowes of Hicksville donated their time, tools, and supplies to bring new life to this outdoor area.  thumbnail143104
Lowes of Hicksville donated their time, tools, and supplies to bring new life to this outdoor area.
Having an outdoor area accessible to our students provides fresh and new learning opportunities.  thumbnail143101
Having an outdoor area accessible to our students provides fresh and new learning opportunities.
New landscaping and a small pond add to the courtyard’s aesthetics. thumbnail143102
New landscaping and a small pond add to the courtyard’s aesthetics.
The courtyard is located right outside of Ms. Workman’s classroom, where students enjoyed watching the design plans unfold.  thumbnail143105
The courtyard is located right outside of Ms. Workman’s classroom, where students enjoyed watching the design plans unfold.
The space has transformed into an inviting place to learn for our Countrywood students.  thumbnail143106
The space has transformed into an inviting place to learn for our Countrywood students.
Board of Education Vice President Laura Carey thanks all of the hard working volunteers from Lowes alongside Countrywood Principal Mitch Levy and Assistant Prinicipal Kellie Njenga.  thumbnail143107
Board of Education Vice President Laura Carey thanks all of the hard working volunteers from Lowes alongside Countrywood Principal Mitch Levy and Assistant Prinicipal Kellie Njenga.

Ms. Workman’s class partnered up with Lowes of Hicksville to revamp Countrywood’s central courtyard this Fall. The project began in October when Ms. Workman’s second graders spent an afternoon pulling weeds, raking leaves, and turning the soil to prepare the courtyard for tulip bulbs and colorful fresh flowers to bring new life to the space. They arranged where flowers would be planted and where benches would be set in anticipation of the work to be done by our volunteers from Lowe’s.

Spearheaded by Lowes managers and project captains Sara Petter and Shanna Walsh, the courtyard renovation was com­pleted in just a few days. Sara Petter, mother of Camden in Ms. Workman’s second-grade class, offered a very generous donation of gardening supplies to bring the plan into fruition. From mulch and fresh flowers to wooden fences painted to look like colorful pencils, the donations were beyond what anyone could have expected for the Primary school’s cen­tral space. Thanks to the hard working volunteers, the space experienced a transformation that built on the courtyard’s aesthetics and helped create a unique community bond.

Thank you to our volunteers Sara Petter, Shanna Walsh, Christina Billy, Michael Direnzo, Michael Locavare, John Daly, John Demartinis, Edna Vieira-Riehl, Dave Sobolow, and Les Seaman for all of your hard work and dedication to making this courtyard remodel such a wonderful success! It is with our deepest appreciation that our students have access to such a colorful and vibrant outdoor space where they can continue learning beyond the classroom and understand the value of coming together to create something beautiful.