CIS students, staff celebrate beautification project

CIS students, staff celebrate beautification project

The beautifully landscaped terrace that now greets visitors to Concord Intermediate School is the culmination of a two-year recycling project and a nine-day hands-on renovation experience for students.

It’s place where classes can meet, students can chat, and the greater Concord community can showcase their support of Concord Community Schools.

Concord Intermediate School students and staff thanked school staff and generous community supporters during a celebratory ceremony on Wednesday, September 26, 2019.

In the fall of 2017, CIS students joined the ABC Promise Caps Program and began collecting plastic caps/lids to create benches for the school. Students were asked to bring in bags of caps to put in bins, and parents and community members dropped off bags of caps in the front office. Churches and community groups also joined the effort.

Once collected, the caps were sorted, bagged, and transported to Green Tree Plastics in Evansville, Indiana, with help from Troyer Foods. While in Evansville, the caps were manufactured into benches and then transported back to Elkhart by Troyer Foods. The Dunlap Lions Club served as the sponsor for the first three benches. 

In the spring of 2019, CIS students led by science teacher Ryan Prahl and reading interventionist teacher Kim Magnuson began talking about creating a grounds crew at CIS as part of the school’s Leader in Me initiative. During the summer months, students spent nine two-hour days digging up sod, placing pavers, laying edging and ground cover, and then planting trees, flowers, and other plants.

During Wednesday’s celebration ceremony,  members of the Dunlap Lions Club presented a check for the cost of the next round of benches.