Community helps Kellogg Marsh Elementary prepare for the first day of school

MARYSVILLE — Since other Marysville schools have made campus cleanups part of their back-to-school preparations, the students, staff and parents of Kellogg Marsh Elementary decided to follow suit for the first time this year and benefited from some genuinely summery weather while they were doing it.

“I drive in the back of this building every single day and I’ve seen these weeds and trees just out of control,” said Brenda Roberts, co-president of the Kellogg Marsh PTA, who coordinated the first in what she hopes will become an annual series of events. “I want this school to be pretty so that my daughter can walk in here proudly. I want it to be colorful so that our students will be excited about learning.”

In addition to weeding and cutting back existing trees, volunteers showed up to the school on Aug. 26 and 27 to plant new trees and shrubs, as well as to lay down some bark and scrape, clean and repaint the doorways to the building.

“I wanted to beautify the entryways so that students could feel like they were walking into a fresh school,” Roberts said.

“Our halls are bright and shiny, but the front of our school wasn’t,” Kellogg Marsh Principal Sharon Anderson said. “According to our families, it’s been a long time since this campus was touched up last. It’s been exciting to see how many people have come together for this common cause.”

While Anderson credited Facebook with facilitating their efforts to get the word out, Roberts thanked Lowe’s and the Plant Farm in Smokey Point, as well as the Home Depot in Quil Ceda Village, with supporting their work as well. The Marysville School District supplied eight gallons of paint.

“We told them, ‘If you get the paint, we’ll do the work, so you won’t have to spend those dollars on maintenance,’” Anderson said.

“It’s really nice to see people stepping up,” said Roberts, who took a vacation day to take part as a volunteer. “It’s two days our of our lives, but our kids spend most of their days here.”

Jamie Vermeulen picked up trash on campus with her son Aden, who will be starting first grade at Kellogg Marsh this year. She praised the school for emulating the Allen Creek and Pinewood elementary schools.

“It’s a wonderful way to make our kids take pride in their school,” Jamie Vermeulen said. “I’m going to have a sore back and legs, but it’ll be worth it when the school looks great in time for the first day.”

Jenna and Kieli Allen are both starting fourth grade at Kellogg Marsh this year, and spent plenty of time on their knees in the dirt on Aug. 26.

“I like helping my community,” said Jenna, who agreed with Kieli that weeding was the toughest part of their job that day.

“I got scratched doing it twice,” Kieli said. “I’m looking forward to having people see my cleaned-up school and know that it’s the best school in the world.”

Incoming Kellogg Marsh fifth-grader Callie Edwards found ivy-trimming to be her most challenging task, but likewise appreciated being able to improve her school.

“It will make the place a better environment,” Edwards said.

“Plus the plants will grow and help the Earth,” incoming Kellogg Marsh second-grader Carly Scallan said.


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