McAuliffe Middle School in Los Alamitos received a welcomed splash of green over the weekend as Chris Meyer, a high schooler and Boy Scout with Troop 660, revitalized six large planters in front of the school.
The school underwent extensive renovations in 2010 and early 2011, causing the destruction of the planters in its front entrance area. The soil in and around the planters had also become severely compacted and malnourished. Meyer's project was to re-establish all six planters.
Chris' first step was to remove debris from the planters. No simple task since the planters measured as much as 55 feet by 11 feet. Chris and fellow Boy Scouts removed dead plants, plastic barriers, cement chunks, other leftover construction materials and four inches of old soil. Next, two inches of clean organic soil was tilled into the planters. Agromin donated nine tons of organic soil for the project.
As the troop members dug their shovels into the dry, severely compacted soil in the first planter McAuliffe principal Dennis Sackett noted, "We need some water." The skies above Los Alamitos promptly opened up, and in a half hour, an inch of rain fell on the city and Meyer's project.
After the fluke thunder, lightning and hail storm passed, Chris and Troop 660 finished the project: removing old soil, adding new soil, laying a weed barrier mesh, planting 60 new plants and finishing off the over 1,300 square feet of planter beds with mulch also donated by Agromin. The entire project took only one day, but Chris and troop members worked from 6:00 a.m. to almost 6:00 p.m.
Chris will receive his Eagle Scout award later this month. Congratulations Chris!
Labels: Los Alamitos, McAuliff Middle School Troop 660, mulch, organic soil, school garden