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School's courtyard to have S.C. theme

Posted: April 29, 2013 - 9:16pm
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Sandra Martinez (left) and Joe Pack work on laying bricks for a pathway for a courtyard at North Augusta Elementary. Martinez has a child who attends North Augusta Elementary, and she came out to volunteer. Pack is a member of North Augusta Elementary's School Improvement Council, which is directing the courtyard work.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Sandra Martinez (left) and Joe Pack work on laying bricks for a pathway for a courtyard at North Augusta Elementary. Martinez has a child who attends North Augusta Elementary, and she came out to volunteer. Pack is a member of North Augusta Elementary's School Improvement Council, which is directing the courtyard work.

By fall, pupils at North Augusta Elementary School will have a South Carolina-themed courtyard to enjoy.

North Augusta Ele-mentary’s School Improve-ment Council has begun working on the courtyard, which is between the fourth- and fifth-grade pods.

“We’ve cleared the whole thing out,” said Joe Pack, a member of the council. “We’re in the process of putting in brick pavers and will start planting. It’s something that the kids can go out and enjoy and teachers can integrate it into their classes. It’s a project that will benefit the kids.”

North Augusta Elemen-tary’s Parent Teacher Organ-ization provided funds to purchase the pavers, and the plants are being donated by parents and others in the community.

The council would also like to add items such as sitting benches and bird feeders to further enhance the courtyard.

“It adds to the school and it will be kid-friendly,” Pack said of the courtyard.

Work on the courtyard is expected to continue over the summer, said Pack.

The community can help by making donations of bulbs, preferably of perennial plants, or volunteering. Those interested can contact the school at (803) 442-6280.

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