Weekend’s Volunteers Brighten Outdoor Spaces around School
Morton Principal Twanjua Jones invited families and students to help spruce up the grounds to get ready for the start of school. Volunteers weeded and raked beds and planted bright yellow sunflowers one recent Saturday morning. “The flower beds needed care, and this will bring more attention to the school if it’s pretty,” said eighth grader Miranda Jane “M.J.” Hart, who pitched in along with her parents, Marnice and David.
Jones expects that when students return on Aug. 10, they will feel it’s a brand new start at Morton – in the classroom and beyond. “The beautification will hopefully spark school pride,” she said. “This is the beginning of a new way forward,” she added, echoing the district’s motto for 2022-23.
Did you know? Morton plans to honor the late Donna Mitchell, who served as bookkeeper for 42 years, with a small memorial garden behind the school. It will feature flowers, seating for students, and a mural made of bottle caps.