Trees for Tucson initiated a beautification project at Hollinger Middle School through a Wells Fargo Community LIFT grant. Katie Gannon, Director of Trees for Tucson invited me to assist in creating a more inviting hallway for student and staff at Hollinger Middle School.
I began by visiting the school and the group of GATE student in the service learning group that would be assisting me in implementing the project. The group wanted to create a mural to add some art to their wall and install plants in an empty planter bed outside of their classroom. The mural was the easy part to create; the students wanted to have their school name and mascot the main elements. As far as the planter bed, I wanted to bring art to it as well- So I asked the kids how they felt about using old tires and Upcycling them into an alligator planter. They LOVED the idea and 4 class visits later, our vision and hard work came to fruition. I worked with 20 students and everyone of them had a hand in painting the mural, painting and prepping the tires, planting the flowers and plants to make this a true team effort.
A HUGE Thank you to Ms. Erin Collins-Kelly and her fantastic students!!