McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

April 29, 2013

MHS students celebrate Earth Day

By Jeanne LeFlore
Staff Writer

McALESTER — Three McAlester High School students installed a flower bed to celebrate Earth Day.

Pride in McAlester High School Auxiliary members Makenna Smith, Chelsie Peckic and Brandon Apala designed and installed the flower bed, according to Stephanie Giacomo PIM executive director.

The bed was planted in front to the school’s sign at the left side of the main entryway on Buffalo Drive.

She said three Boxwood shrubs and two types of flowers, Azaleas and Phlox, were used for the bed.

“The hardy plants were chosen by the students and are expected to withstand Oklahoma’s sometimes harsh and unpredictable weather,” Giacomo said.

“The students also chose the flowers and bushes to accentuate the school’s sign,” she said.

To install the flowerbed, Giacomo said the students first removed the grass from the area, prepared the soil, planted the flowers and the bushes, laid down the weed barrier, covered the area with mulch and then placed the edging stones.

“The funds for all the materials were provided by PIM but the students did all the hard work on this project,” Giacomo said.

Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.