The Service Learning students at Springville Junior High School have just finished a big project at SJHS. The students cleaned and fixed up the courtyard at SJHS. According to Mrs. Adrienne Murray, service learning teacher at SJHS, she was excited to help the school and the students with their service project. Tyler Johnson, Bailey Bird, Jacqueline Bradford, and Christopher Esklund were in charge of this project. These students planned and designed the landscape.
Mrs. Murray said, “The purpose of service learning projects is to learn about various school subjects while serving. I have the students learn how important it is to serve and give back to their school and community, while also learning more about academic subjects. I have already seen them using math to figure out the square-footage of the courtyard to determine how much sod is needed.” According to Christopher Esklund, eighth-grade student at SJHS, first they pulled up the tile and cleared out the courtyard. After that they got the area ready so they could lay down the grass.
Many students at SJHS helped clean up the courtyard, like the boys P.E. class. According to Spencer Johnson, seventh-grade student at SJHS, he liked helping the service learning class with this project because “It makes a difference, and it’s something we get to take part of.”
This courtyard project helped the school out in many ways. According to Mr. Ken Van Ausdal, principal at SJHS, the new and improved courtyard makes the building look nicer. Students will be able to sit out there during lunch, and teachers will be able to take their classes out to the courtyard for class if they want to. Mr.Van Ausdal said, “The courtyard will provide more opportunities for students and teachers.”