Pulaski County has many schools that are, to say the least, off the beaten path. These schools are typically small, but invaluable. They are gems to their communities, because they are the heart of their communities.
Over Spring Break, one such school, Northwood Middle School, decided it was time to polish the gem that was their school. Organized by PTO President Katharine Greene and carried out by various members of the community, the first annual “Middle School Makeover” was a real hit.
On March 29, school and community members came out to Northwood Middle School to give the old gem a good spring polish.
“The school found support in droves from the surrounding community,” said Janet O’Neal, Communications Coordinator for the Pulaski County Special School District.
McArthur Assembly of God Church in Jacksonville and the Gravel Ridge Fire Department were some of the first volunteers on the scene, as well of as some of the last to leave.
“There were around 75-100 volunteers throughout the course of the day, including many students who were excited to spruce up their campus,” O’Neal said. “Efforts were put forth to install new playground equipment, repaint Northwood’s Spirit Prints, and general beautification of the campus; including but not limited to three new flower beds. The local Marcos (Pizza, in Gravel Ridge) also volunteered, but they catered to another need. Marcos supplied pizza and coupons for all volunteers and helped to promote the event.”
The event was registered with the Great American Clean Up and the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation, which also donated to the cause.
Keep Arkansas Beautiful sent supplies for volunteers such as T-shirts, trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and other supplies that helped to ensure success of the event.
“As for the results, well, students, teachers, and community members are all still talking about how great the campus looks and how they cannot wait till next year’s makeover,” O’Neal said.
Northwood PTO has adopted a great motto that truly represents this event:
“You can have a community without a school, but you cannot have a school without a community,” said O’Neal. “A special Thanks to all volunteers and participants.”