In the spring of last school year, Superintendent Roy Brooks and Associate Superintendent Donnie Smith, coordinated to begin a partnership program between community and schools to upgrade the interior and exterior appeal of all schools. Many local vendors and civic groups donated time and effort to offer immediate upgrades to Sumter County Schools.
When Dr. Brooks requested a volunteer to plan and complete the grounds of Central Office, Mulkey McMichael, a former landscape artist, volunteered. When he asked for donated plants, supplies and donations, his request was met with generous donations.
Although the planting was done before the record heat, many of the plants did not survive. Georgia Forestry Commission donated a free bundle of Loblolly Pines, Lowe's of Americus donated many plants, Parrish Construction Company made an $800 donation to the project and Dent Hardware of Buena Vista provided much of the mulch pine bark.
Mr. Jimmy Wyatt, President of the FFA Alumni Association, designed the wooden structures around Central Office. Mr. Eric Dixon, Agricultural teacher and FFA Advisor at Americus-Sumter South Campus, directed students for construction of the structures.
Mrs. Barbara Henson of Buena Vista donated extensive plant material for completion of planters and flower beds around the office. Mr. Billy Thompkins and his grounds crew provided much of the labor for completion of the project.
The cooler fall of 2011 will welcome completion of the project. To add his favor to the project at Central Office, Superintendent Roy Brooks is directing the attachment of "100 Learning Lane," to the west wooden structure covering heating and air condition units.