Work begins on commons area

August 12, 2011 10:28 pm

 

“Today’s the day. I’m so excited,” Ann Volz said.

Volz, the leadership advisor at Azalea Middle School, is referring to a groundbreaking ceremony for the “Azalea commons area” that was held Wednesday morning at Azalea Middle School.

The commons area is a location where students at the school can gather.

 

 

 

“Today’s the day. I’m so excited,” Ann Volz said.

Volz, the leadership advisor at Azalea Middle School, is referring to a groundbreaking ceremony for the “Azalea commons area” that was held Wednesday morning at Azalea Middle School.

The commons area is a location where students at the school can gather.

“Basically it was just my wanting a place for our students to gather,” Volz said. “There is  literally just no place to sit down in that area. They just stand around and mill around in groups. I just wanted a nicer area for them.”

The common area, located adjacent to the playground and outside the cafeteria, was spearheaded by Volz’ 30-student leadership class at Azalea Middle School. 

Volz said the class plans to have a gazebo, benches and picnic tables in the area. The gazebo and benches are being renovated by Ben Murray Construction. The area will also  be relandscaped as part of the project. 

“I think it’s going to have a huge impact for our students, who really just need a place to gather,” Volz said.

On Wednesday, dead grass from the project site was removed, and the plumbing on the sprinklers was fixed. 

 In the next few weeks, new grass will be laid and gravel pathways will be finished. The project is expected to be completed in the next several months, Volz said. 

“It’s really cool because we were wanting to do it,” seventh grade student Siena Worthy said. “To finally see it happen is really cool because all the kids are looking forward to a place to hang out at lunch. We want to be able to eat lunch outside.”

Volz asked students in her leadership class last February if there was something they wanted to see in that area. She said the class discussed different ideas, and made drawings. 

The students were responsible for taking accurate measurements, touching bases with the right people, submitting the information and getting approval from the principal, Volz said.

In March, she received an email from architect Patrick Chew with drawings and measurements.

Chew came and presented his drawings for the plan to the class. Volz then enlarged a drawing and posted it on a window inside of the cafeteria to make the entire school aware of the project.

“This is exciting because they worked so hard on it last year,” Azalea Middle School Principal Sheryl Lipski said. 

The project was funded through donations of supplies such as gravel and soil from Freeman Rock Southern Oregon Coast Concrete Co., fundraising and funds from the leadership class. Employees from companies such as Ben Murray Construction and New Hope Plumbing also volunteered their time. Finally, parents also volunteered.

“Anything that we can do to enhance our grounds and our buildings, it shows the kids I think that we value education,” Lipski said. “We want to make this a great place for them to be.”

Volz said that people are always welcome to volunteer their time or expertise to help finish the project.

“I’m really proud of how they handled themselves in the project,” Volz said. “That’s why I think it’s so important to see that their hard work is coming to fruition.”