John Muir Service Day Volunteers Beautify Middle School Campus

By On April 21, 2015

More than 120 students, parents, volunteers and staff turned out for John Muir Service Day during the morning hours of Saturday, April 18. The grounds of the large campus were weeded and trimmed and new plants and trees were placed in the ground.

“It was a huge success,” commented John Muir Middle School Principal Dr. Greg Miller. “It was amazing to see so many different people come together today to beautify the Muir campus.”

John Muir Middle School Principal Dr. Greg Miller (kneeling, lower left) with school employees and volunteers spruce up the school campus for Muir Service Day. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

John Muir Middle School Principal Dr. Greg Miller (kneeling, lower left) with school employees and volunteers spruce up the school campus for Muir Service Day. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“It was equally impressive to see how much work could be done when everyone helps out,” he added.

The volunteers and staff planted 70 flats of groundcover between the 100 and 300 halls and 10 rose bushes in the front of the school and near the teachers’ cafeteria. They also planted 16 additional ornamental bushes to create a hedge for the new outdoor classroom and two Chinese Elm trees on the school’s Lower Field.

Volunteers plant colorful rose bushes near the entrance of John Muir Middle School. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Volunteers plant colorful rose bushes near the entrance of John Muir Middle School. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Additionally, the Student Garden area was completely weeded, trimmed and cleaned, in preparation for the restart of the garden club in the 2015-16 school year.

John Muir Service Day coincided with the school namesake’s April 21 birthday. Muir Middle School honors the famed naturalist annually in various ways. Last year, the school unveiled the Yosemite Valley art installation at the school’s covered lunch patio.

Student volunteers clean up the Student Garden area at John Muir Middle School.(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Student volunteers clean up the Student Garden area at John Muir Middle School.(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Logix Federal Credit Union and Nickelodeon co-sponsored the event, providing supplies and materials.

“John Muir Service Day was a great success in so many ways,” Miller also said. “We had a lot of involvement from every element of the Muir community, everyone had a lot of fun and we were able to add so much beautiful greenery to the campus.”