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Posted: October 9, 2009 12:30 a.m.

Sprucing up Sharp

Junior gardening club at Sharp Learning Center beautifies the campus

Brittany Thomas/

Sharp Learning Center is all about change. Students are at the school to make a change in themselves and on Thursday morning several of those students worked hard to make a change in the front of the school as well.

It all started when the Satsuki Garden Club decided to start a junior garden club with 10 girls at the school. The first project was to beautify the front entrance of Sharp. Satsuki Garden Club members are funding the project by purchasing the plants and students were able to borrow the equipment needed to prepare the area for the community garden. And while it may have started with just a few young ladies, Sharp Principal Gabriel Burnette wanted everyone at the school to have the opportunity to be involved if they chose.

"One thing we want to teach here at Sharp is an understanding by the students that no matter what situation you are in you can still help others. This [garden] will allow the students the opportunity to beautify the front of the school and in that way give back to their community," said Burnette, who donned casual clothing and worked alongside his students, digging up shrubs and hauling wheelbarrows of dirt.

"I’m doing this to help Mr. Burnette," said 19-year-old Martin Ingram. "I am willing to help him with anything he asks in order to help the school."

It was a sentiment echoed by 16-year-old Colby Bilz.

"I’m out here to help make the school look better but also to prove to people that everyone that goes to Sharp is not bad," said Bilz. "Everyone thinks that the kids that go to Sharp are bad and we’re out here to show them that we’re good kids and we have a beautiful school."

Sharp is the first school that the Satsuki Garden Club has approached about the junior club and Burnette said that it feels great to be first.

"It shows that the community believes not only in this school, but in these kids as well," Burnette said. "I hope that this will inspire the kids to give back to the community because it truly is all about helping others."

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