During the 2018-19 school year, Levelland ISD and Chief Financial Officer Lance Terrell started a beautification initiative to improve the appearances of our campuses by completing rock gardens. The first campuses selected for this process were Capitol Elementary, South Elementary, and Levelland Intermediate School. These are our three oldest campuses and we wanted to improve the entrance to these schools to be more inviting and to instill a sense of pride in these campuses. Mr. Terrell stated that, “Through close collaboration with Sodexo, LISD was able to accomplish this before the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. Denver Bruner and his staff, along with help from Sandra Riggs helped bring our vision into fruition and provided a more welcoming atmosphere for our students and community with this beautification project.”
Everyone in Levelland knows that we are often challenged by the weather, therefore plants that require little water were bedded into the rock gardens. So these beautification projects also provide a unique and relevant teaching opportunity for our LISD educators, as they will use the gardens as an outdoor learning environment resource. The educational objectives of such projects are that children learn about the plants that have been added to the school grounds and how they affect our environment. The study of plants varies in the Texas TEKS from Kindergarten to tenth-grade biology. Tying the beautification project into the school’s academic curriculum enhances our student’s learning.
It is proven that a well-maintained school provides a safe and attractive learning environment for students. The landscape remake that LISD has completed helps to enhance the overall appearance of three of our schools. Going into the next year, we will continue our beautification efforts by focusing on other initiatives across the district to continually improve the look and feel of our campuses and to “Keep Levelland Beautiful” and build relationships with our community.