Thursday, August 30, 2012

Community Helps Beautify Sandburg Elementary

The Cleanup Crew Students returning to Mira Mesa's Sandburg Elementary School next week will see the results of a recent beautification day, where students, parents and other volunteers planted flowers, shrubs and generally spruced up the school.

"Community service is part of our curriculum here at Sandburg," said Principal Geoff Martin. "We're glad that our parents are here today with their kids and are setting a great example."

Parent Ann Melton found the hard work on a hot day inspiring.
"Beyond the flowers, we saw the beautiful spirit of the Sandburg community," she said. "It's a good feeling, one of those sweet intangibles that makes you feel welcome and joyful to be a part of something extraordinary."

More than 50 parents, students, staff members were on hand for the beautification on Aug. 18. The work included planting drought-tolerant shrubs and flowers, adding bark to the school's patio planters and painting the lunch tables and other areas of the schools.

"This added to the work done by the district, which included painting the entire school, resurfacing the playground and parking lot," said Martin. "We also have our new, Prop. S-funded running track and fitness equipment."

Prop. S was approved by voters in 2008 and included funds for improvements at schools.

Located in the northeast part of the Mira Mesa community, Sandburg Elementary is a neighborhood campus that serves students in kindergarten through grade 5. The school is has more than 740 students with diverse ethnic cultures represented. Approximately 30 different languages other than English are spoken in students' homes. The school honors its diversity by flying the flags of 31 nations in the center court.

For more information on the school, contact Principal Martin at