Students team up with Yardmaster to beautify Painesville City Hall
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
By Caitlin Fertal
Painesville City Hall will look much nicer after students from the horticulture program at Auburn Career Center volunteered to do some hands-on work Monday.
About 200 plants, including cherry trees, roses and dozens of perennials, were donated by area nurseries and then planted by the students.
The total donation is roughly $15,000, said Lee Homyock, director for the city's Department of Recreation and Public Lands.
"It's a great project ... and really renews something that needed to be renewed for a long time, and then it's a great experience for the kids to be out working in the community, give them some ownership and they can actually walk by and say ‘I planted that' for years to come," he said. "For all of the nurseries to step up and donate the materials, and work with the students ... it's just great to give back, and I think it's important to teach the students today that there is some giving back to their communities."
The students joined forces with Painesville-based company Yardmaster to beautify the beds around city hall. The city tore out the large bushes that used to line the building so the students could plant the new greenery, as well as build a bike rack.
Landscape and Horticulture Instructor Dave Richards said the project served the students well in many ways.
The mission of Auburn Career Center is to enrich the community, and this project was a way to do that while also incorporating everything the students learn in class, he said.
Luke Freshour and Ryan Seymour, both seniors in the program, said they each enjoyed being outside much more than learning in a typical classroom environment.
"It's all hands-on work, I hate being inside of a classroom all day. We're in there for like an hour, and then we go outside for the rest of the time and do work," Seymour said.
"We go over what we've learned in the classroom and then we do it so it really sets in, that's just the kind of learning that works well for me, and pretty much everyone in this class," Freshour said.
Kathleen Moran, senior landscape architect for Yardmaster designed the layout for the plants and was on site to help coordinate the project.
The project was part of a national day of service for the landscape industry, she said.