Grant Project at White Oak Middle School

By Mark Shuller - Email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – White Oak Middle School PTA applied for the Lowes Education Grant last school year and was awarded $5000.00 to beautify the school/grounds. Most of the project focused on the back seating area of the playground since this area would benefit the kids the most.

The seating area wall was made of timbers and was leaning forward. The old tables were rusted through with some of the seats falling off. The maintenance department of the Northwest School District removed the old benches. A team of dads put their manpower to work to remove the old wall.

The following week, approximately 40 to 50 parents, students and staff members installed the new landscape wall and plants. The new benches for this area were recently installed as well as the much needed new garbage cans. The remaining grant money was used to update the landscaping around the flag pole and front sign, and for the installation of garbage cans in front of the school. The bike racks and old benches that were saved were repainted as well.

A special note of thanks to the Colerain Avenue Lowes Store and the store manager Kris Rimroth. Thanks to White Oak Principal Jamie Birdsong and Assistant Principal Joe Pollitt for their support and manual labor in this project. With the help of the White Oak community, this project was completed within budget, and truly beautified the White Oak Middle School grounds.