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Tempe Neighbors Get Brand New Yard Thanks to Gililland Students

Post Date:01/11/2018


Retrieved from Fox 10 News Arizona

There’s nothing better than neighbors helping neighbors. Last semester, eighth-graders in Samuel Wolloch’s geometry class at Gililland MIddle School learned lessons on landscape architecture and implemented designs for local homes in their community.

Thanks to a partnership with ADM Group and the City of Tempe, students were able to work with professional landscape architects to learn the ins and outs of their career. For nine weeks, students got hands-on experience developing, marketing, and executing their proposed landscape projects.

“This was a great opportunity for students to learn about what we do and open their minds to lots of different career paths,” said ADM Group Client Relations Megan Griego.  

GMSLandscape1_400x244The students’ landscape designs not only demonstrated real-life applications of geometry, but also challenged them to develop a design that was energy-efficient and boosted the overall curb appeal of the property.

“The best part of this project was seeing my students present their ideas to the homeowners,” said Wolloch. “They were able to demonstrate true professionalism and ownership of their projects.”

“At first, I was nervous to start the project but it ended up being really fun,” said Eighth-Grade Student Kaliyah Montanez-Woods. “It was fun working with the ADM Group and with my team on our project. It also feels really great to give back to the community.”

On Wednesday, December 13, students were able to put their skills to work and give back to their community in a special way before the holiday season. Students, staff, ADM employees, and volunteers from ASU and the City of Tempe joined together to shovel, line irrigation, put in new plants, and to completely refurbish their neighbors’ front lawns!

GMSLandscape2_400x244Roann Monson, one of the community members, was very enthusiastic about her newly improved landscaping. Monson, now 80-years-old, has been a part of the Tempe community since she was 13.

“The students did such a phenomenal job with their designs,” said Monson. “The Tempe community has such a special place in my heart. I want these students to know that I hope they come back to visit me, even when they start high school!”

The City of Tempe Vice Mayor Robin Arredondo-Savage was also impressed with the innovative designs and community impact that Gililland students had made. After the landscaping was completed, she proudly announced that the City of Tempe has officially named December 13 as Tempe Partnership Day thanks to the hard work that our students demonstrated!

“This a great example of a program in Tempe that has really elevated the entire community,” said Arredondo-Savage. “We are proud of Gililland students and can’t wait to continue this project into the future!”

You can watch additional coverage about Gililland’s community project from the Maricopa County Education Service Agency below.

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