The Rotary Club of Mesquite, in conjunction with the Littlefield Unified School District #9, will be conducting a dedication ceremony of the newly landscaped area in front of the Beaver Dam High School on Thursday, Sept. 15 beginning at 1:30 pm. The public is invited to attend.
Spearheaded by the Mesquite Rotary Club, with the help of Kokopelli Landscaping and Star Nursery, the first phase of the Rotary Club’s planned beautification project has been completed. Newly appointed School District Superintendent Lael Calton commented, “Landscape improvements to the high school have been on hold since the school was first built in 2005. It is only because of the dedication of the Mesquite Rotary Club to this school that we are experiencing the true meaning of community service and pride.”
Plans to begin beautifying the area in front of the school began last year when then Superintendent Mark Coleman expressed his desire to Rotary member Linda Gault to see much needed landscaping replace the barren, rocky hill on which the school sits. Coleman had been making improvements to the interior of the school knowing the school year would be his last and was not able to see his dream for the exterior happen before his retirement. So Rotary decided to help out.
The school sits on what used to be an old quarry. When the heavy monsoon rains come to the southwest area every year, water tends to flow heavily down the front of the hill which has caused erosion to begin eating away at the hillside. Rotary’s goal was to transform the area and find economical ways to stabilize the hillside.
Kokopelli was approached by Linda Gault to come up with a preliminary plan for the area. Minor changes were made and work began. “The transformation of the area is simply amazing,” said Rotary president Keith Buchhalter. “We are so very proud of our efforts thus far and already have
plans in the works for the next phase. Without assistance and help from both Kokopelli and Star Nursery this project would not have been possible,” he added.
Funds for the project came from both the school’s budget and fundraising efforts by the Mesquite Rotary Club. The Annual Mudd Volleyball competition and Annual ‘Glow-In-The- Dark’ Golf Ball Drop fundraisers are what allow Rotary to reach out and complete these types of projects. Other service projects the Club supports is the Mesquite Reads Program, the Virgin Valley Food Bank, the BDHS Interact Club, and the annual SuperBuild project to name a few.
We invite everyone to join us on Thursday, Sept. 15 in front of the high school and see what can be done with community support and a dream.
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For more information contact:
Keith Buchhalter – (702) 427-6278