The Giving Thanks to El Rincon event on Saturday, November 17, 2012, beautified and cleaned the campus of the Culver City Elementary School. Volunteers and donors from the community, as well as the support of the CCUSD, made the El Rincon Booster Club-sponsored project a great success. Rain overnight stopped by morning, as the volunteers broke up into three teams: Planting, Sparkle, and Basketball.
Allison Burnett led the planting team to add flowers and shrubs in front of the school and throughout the entryway. Neil Glickman arrived early to prep the soil and orchestrated the planting of the Raywood Ash tree on the playground with the entire team of volunteers.
Team Sparkle, at the direction of Tiffany Mitchell, cleaned up the entire campus and made it shine brightly. Principal Brunson assisted with his powerwasher, while the rest of Team Sparkle picked up trash, removed old tape, and cleaned glass windows.
El Rincon Maintenance expert Carlos put up the new permanets on the basketball courts and facilitated the entire event by giving access, tools, and supplies where necessary. Jon Varsano and James May also assisted in straightening the backboards and securing the nets.
Much gratitude is owed to CCUSD Superintendent David LaRose and Assistant Superintendent Mike Reynolds for approving and supporting this project. They took the time to walk though the campus several times and follow up to get the school the resources that it needs. Mr. LaRose spoke with the Doubletree Hotel which provided 2 volunteers and many delicious chocolate chip cookies. Mike Korgan of MOT secured the flower donation from a district vendor, South Bay Landscaping. He also participated in the event and ensured that the planting in the main corridor went well.
Carol Zee helped organized the volunteers and was a part of Team Sparkle. By lunchtime, the group of 25 volunteers had transformed the campus and enjoyed the sandwich platters donated by Capriotti’s. From the rearranged signage and colorful new flowers in the front of the school, to the sparkling hallways inside the school and the refurbished basketball courts, the event showed what a big difference a few dedicated volunteers can make in just a few short hours. Parents, caregivers, students, faculty, and community members all teamed up to make a positive impact. To finish off the event, the skies opened up and the rain which had held off all morning, started to fall down just in time to water the new plants.
A complete list of donors to the event is listed below the photos. Thanks to Lauren Varsano for obtaining most of the donations.