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Adopt-a-School at Henry spruces up the campus

With a crew of 62 volunteers, the Adopt-a-School program made the Henry campus more functional and beautiful on March 12, 2016. On this busy spring weekend in Tucson, volunteers chose to come to Henry to help
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accomplish needed repairs and renovations.

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 Henry PTA rented a backhoe to clear the garden area.
The crew accomplished the following jobs:

Pick up the grounds
Wash windows
Wipe doorknobs
Paint two four-square courts
Paint curbs
Paint basketball court
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Forty Henry staff and family members and twelve students pitched in on Saturday.
Paint a "No Numbers" line
Remove brush and cacti from garden area
Trim small trees in garden area
Re-paint marquee sign

Volunteers came from the Henry staff and school community, district administration and employees, and community members. Through the contribution of 248 volunteer hours of labor, the district saved $3,720.00. In addition, the Henry PTA rented a backhoe.

Project managers Tim Stevens, Marcus Jones, and Sue Heathcote identified several victories:

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Irrigation lines will help the garden to thrive.
Pizzas were provided by the Henry Elementary PTA.
Enough volunteers were present for the workload.
Assignment of Task Leaders worked well.
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TUSD staff joined in to accomplish over ten projects.
Use of skilled District staff kept standards high and reduced the man-hours required for certain tasks.
The rental of the backhoe facilitated clearing grounds.
All identified tasks were completed during the work day.
Work was done safely.
Henry Elementary School staff and families expressed appreciation for the work completed.

These successes reinforced some of the lessons that we're learning to help keep this program efficient and rewarding. The PTA's generous contribution of the backhoe rental helped the crew accomplish so much in one morning. Even on a busy weekend, when many other district events are happening, volunteers will still show up to work for the Adopt-a-School program.

In its second year, the Adopt-A-School Program continues to be a successful way to bring together school staff and families, district leadership, Facilities staff, and Tucson community members to build, repair, renovate and beautify our schools.