Spring Branch ISD Hunters Creek Elementary School Passion Project
Before the Memorial Day weekend, Hunters Creek has planned an event to honor and learn more about the memorials and the people that they commemorate.
These lost teachers and students have touched the lives of so many current and past HCE staff, students, and families. The HCE Leadership Council, Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Chvatal have planned a wonderful week of memories that will educate our current students and staff about the lives of these special, missed Cougars. We want all students and faculty to understand what each HCE memorial represents and why these people are so special to HCE. We will end this sharing of memories with a special ceremony on May 25.
They will honor the following people and their memorials on HCE campus: Robin Woods, HCE teacher; Kelly Sewell, HCE teacher; Nancy Ray, HCE teacher; Alana Harris Greenshaw, HCE student; Sam Schubert, HCE student; and Nicole Lee, HCE student
They will also have a dedication ceremony for a garden that was started and maintained as a source of education by a retired teacher, Mrs. Jeanette Domaschk. After 43 years of teaching at HCE, she still loves to return to campus to work in the garden when she gets the chance. We will be honoring her service and commitment to HCE that evening as well.
To get ready for that event we had volunteers from AAUW-WHC Garden Divas, Keep Houston Beautiful, Merrill Lynch and RZ Landscaping, as well as HCE teachers and parents. The HCE Garden Club students and sponsors Mrs. Cummings, Mrs. Beinhauer, and Mrs. Thompson planted vegetables and flowers, but the weeds needed to be pulled. Also, the pathways need to be cleaned of weeds and re-paved with decomposed granite. Thank you to all who gave their time. And to the Kerver Education Foundation who provided the funding along with parents and teacher donations.
Maintained Garden as seen from Google Earth
There are 7 garden areas with pathways in-between.
To get ready for that event we had volunteers from AAUW-WHC Garden Divas, Keep Houston Beautiful, Merrill Lynch and RZ Landscaping, as well as HCE teachers and parents. The HCE Garden Club students and sponsors planted vegetables and flowers, but the weeds needed to be pulled. Also, the pathways need to be cleaned of weeds and re-paved with decomposed granite. Thank you to the 16 volunteers who helped:
- Project Planning was assisted by my daughter Amy Polidori, who helped numerous days with weeding, volunteer recruitment and donations. She arranged for my grandson teacher to water the flowers every day. Thank you Kade. And thank you to my husband Max for numerous trips bringing mulch and tools to HCE.
- AAUW Garden Divas Pat Farnell and El Divo Mike Farnell helping with weeding and edging pathways.
- AAUW Garden Diva Loretta Coussirat Pruning and cleaning the hedges.
- My Landscaper Rene owner of RZ Landscaping & Home Improvement stepped up to help when I was short with helpers. His son, a junior at Yes Prep earned community service points. He was the project manager for two workers and supplied wheelbarrows, roller for the decomposed granite and pruners. The equipment of professionals made the job much faster and easier.
- My Financial Planner Stephen Salter whose has been interested in my computational thinking in the garden said he would love to help with this school garden.
- Garden Club Sponsor Linda Beinhauer and her fiance Andrew. Also assisting with flower planting was HCE Counselor Andrea Chvatal.
- Parents Marty Collins and Forrest Green
- Fellow Keep Houston Beautiful commissioner and HCE Dad’s Club president helping on 5/20 with his 3 children.