Wheelchair accessible garden beds

Students build wheelchair accessible garden beds for North Liberty
Posted on 05/03/2021
Morganton, NC – Friday, April 30, 2021

Wheelchair bound students at North Liberty School were recently given the opportunity to put their green thumbs to use all thanks to a huge community effort. High school students in construction classes at Freedom, East Burke and Patton high schools built and delivered raised garden beds that are wheelchair accessible to North Liberty this past week.

Lisa Summey, principal of North Liberty School, said “The community has rallied and our schools have rallied to make spaces for all of our children and met their needs, and that is really exciting.”

A grant from the NC Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council called the North Carolina Schools GO Outside Grant was awarded to North Liberty to help make the project possible. Lowe’s Hardware also donated flowers to be planted in the garden beds and around the school in different locations. High school students in the construction classes have not only built the garden beds, but have helped with other construction projects around the school.

Tommy Blanton, construction teacher at East Burke High School, said “I think it is just a good thing to build community inside our schools and to continue to be supportive of our sister schools.”

Interim Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan said, “Seeing the partnership between these schools is what makes our BCPS community stronger. I am very proud of the construction students and their teachers for creating a way for students in need to learn more easily. The community effort seen here is just a small glimpse at what happens everyday within Burke County Public Schools.”
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