Clubs team up to beautify the courtyard

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Clubs team up to beautify the courtyard

Monkey grass is removed and transported to be buried in other areas around the school. The Environmental Club organized the cleanup.

Monkey grass is removed and transported to be buried in other areas around the school. The Environmental Club organized the cleanup.

Monkey grass is removed and transported to be buried in other areas around the school. The Environmental Club organized the cleanup.

Monkey grass is removed and transported to be buried in other areas around the school. The Environmental Club organized the cleanup.

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On Sat. May 18, more than 41 volunteers showed up representing seven clubs and the PTSO to clean up and beautify the courtyard.

There were several clubs at the courtyard cleanup such as Environmental club, Key Club, Vikings 4 Greensboro, Vikings’ Cycling, JCL and more. The Environmental club was in charge of organizing this event.

“Well, our Environmental club in the past two years has changed leadership and advisers,” senior Sarah Dawkins said. “We’ve had a rough start and we wanted to do a project to show that we’re here, we’re ready to help and we really wanted to have — since the courtyard is our staple of the club and it has been for years we wanted to start something for clubs later — we wanted to bring clubs together to have a courtyard and a space that they can treasure and help grow and maintain for years to come.”

Environmental club leaders went around asking clubs if they would be interested in getting a section in the courtyard to be responsible to clean and keep up with during the school year. Key Club was one of those clubs.

“At one of the Key Club Officer meetings, some of the people in the Environmental Club came and asked us if we wanted a section in the courtyard and we said we’d love to,” junior and Key Club treasurer Hinal Patel said. “We have the right back section of the courtyard.”

One of the main work volunteers did was to remove the monkey grass and replant it on the sides of the sidewalk and repaint the doors.

Many of the clubs, such as Vikings 4 Greensboro, have their own goals for what they want their section of the courtyard to look like.

“We want to create an environment for where students can have a good and peaceful time outside,” sophomore Agustin Orozco said. “We want to make picnic table areas, fountains and tiles with symbols of our club to make the courtyard look more like a garden, which is the goal of every club here.”

The Environmental club hopes to bring the courtyard back to a beautiful and clean state.

“(We want to) bring the courtyard back to some serenity just because it’s been littered on and it’s become a place that’s now off limits and I think that’s not good,” Dawkins said. “We want to bring it back and we want to have a place where people can enjoy being outside because outside is great.”

Dawkins hopes that the club will continue with beautifying and cleaning the courtyard even long after she graduates.

“I hope that the club will continue on this project and just keep building on it,” Dawkins said. “This is just the foundation and not just for our club but for every club to have leadership and members for their club to keep building on–this is only the beginning.

The next courtyard cleanup event is scheduled for November but clubs may continue to work individually.

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