Here are some of the ways in which these projects can continue to engage the members of a school community.
As with any volunteer-led project, it’s important to celebrate project milestones, large and small. These gatherings provide the opportunity to thank contributors, explain what you’ve accomplished, articulate what’s ahead, and gain wider support. Building regular events into the school and community calendar—like an Earth Day celebration or a workday to paint, plant a garden, or weed—refresh and reaffirm your shared commitment to the schoolyard.
Once a capital improvement is complete, it’s time to implement a maintenance plan with the school, school district and/or other partners that may have been instrumental in getting the work done. (For Philadelphia schools, this may include the Philadelphia Water Department.)
Keep in mind: Your group should expect to actively maintain the improvements—plantings and green infrastructure elements—and keep them in good shape.
We invite you to join the growing network of people and organizations that are transforming schoolyards throughout your region. (For connections in Philadelphia, see our Resources page).
You are now in the position to: