PERKIOMEN VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL WEST NEARS COMPLETION ON COURTYARD MAKEOVER PROJECT

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ZIEGLERSVILLE – After four years of intense fundraising and hard work, the Perkiomen Valley Middle School West Green Team courtyard improvement project is reaching its final stage. Donations from West’s Home and School Association and the Maneiri family — along with funds raised through school events and the sale of “green” craft items — financed the first phase of the project that included the paver pathway installed by Albert Landscaping. The greenhouse was donated by Blue Tree Landscaping of Skippack and was installed last summer.  Internal work, which will include the building of shelves and a potting station from recycled pallets, is being completed by Perkiomen Valley High School student Neil Lester for his Eagle Scout project. The greenhouse will be used by life science students to experiment with plants and grow food. The pond was installed by Steve Senn from Ponds for Kids and West students last June.  It was funded in part by Miss Krista Yerkes’ drama club and will be used in aquatic investigations by life science students and available for the enjoyment of all! The Green Team plans to continue its fundraising efforts this year to raise capital for the installation of the remainder of the paver pathway. Information will be forthcoming about a paver engraving sale for families! With the help and guidance of the Audubon Society and Lower Fredrick Township, the team also landscaped the courtyard with native trees, shrubs, and plants, donated by Behmerwald Nursery. These items will provide food and a habitat for birds and butterflies. Upon its completion, the courtyard will become an Audubon Society-certified Bird Town as well as a beautiful place for our students to learn and spend time in a natural, outdoor setting.