C.J. Hicks holds School Yard Work Day

CONYERS - C.J. Hicks Elementary School got a mini facelift over the weekend.

The school held its first School Yard Work Day Saturday.

"This day-long event was focused on beautifying the landscape around the school," Anna Burdett, media specialist for the school, said in an e-mail.

She said 50 volunteers came to help with the clean-up effort.

"These volunteers came from such varied groups as the school's Young Ladies of Distinction (a mentoring group for fourth- and fifth-grade girls), the Student Council, our local All ProDads (a national organization dedicated to promoting actively involved fathers) and the school parent liaison," she said. "The School Yard Work Day could never have been a successful without community support."

She also said Lowe's and Pike Family Nursery of Conyers donated landscaping supplies to the event, while Jesus Garcia's Lawn Service mowed the grass, Debut Contracting provided other services and Chick-fil-A and the school's cafeteria provided food and beverages for volunteers.

"Staff members also donated plants and materials to make this event successful," Burdett said.

Students and volunteers mainly concentrated on the courtyard area behind the cafeteria.

"It included setting up a bird feeder and a bird bath, as well as planting pansies, daffodils and ivy," she said. "All the plants chosen were selected with focus on surviving the growth and to promote water conservation."

Inside the building, they planted African violets on the windowsills.

The school plans to hold another School Yard Work Day in the spring.

"The idea for this quarterly program originated in and is aligned with C.J. Hicks' strategic plan," Burdett said.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.