$10,000 landscaping project completed at South Haven High School | Localnews
Despite the COVID challenges, the South Haven project CURB completed another beautification project at South Haven High School. The south entrance of the high school is the place of the newest work.
The entrance serves as the second main entrance to the building and provides access to sporting events and other extracurricular activities in the school. Hundreds of spectators and visitors use the south entrance of the building, which for years was quite simple and somewhat unattractive.
The recently completed $ 10,000 landscaping project has given the school an inviting overhaul of the CURB project, according to Suzanne Loafman. “It will double as a meeting place for students and an outdoor classroom, which has become increasingly important during the period of COVID, where the fresh air, space and outdoor use have been used as much as possible,” she said.
South Haven Project CURB is a 501c3 non-profit run by parents and communities that is responsible for orchestrating, sponsoring, and running annual outdoor beautification projects at every school in the SHPS district. The group was founded in 2019 and has since sponsored four landscape projects in district buildings
The group’s most recent project was a collaboration with South Haven Public Schools, deBest Inc, Armintrout West Michigan Farm, and South Haven High School students sponsored by local Kiwanis donors from South Haven, the Rotary Club from South Haven, Walmart, Meijer, and grants from the Greater South Haven Area Community Foundation and its Youth Advisory Board.
“Although COVID prevented student participation as originally planned, the group was able to work with student Zack Emenhiser, a junior on the robotics team, to lead the creation of a welded steel sculpture at the heart of the project.”
The sculpture was designed to match the letters “SH”, which are part of the school’s mascot. Emenhiser worked with other students to design and build the art that was installed and unveiled last Monday at an inauguration ceremony for the landscaping project.
“Zack was sophomore at South Haven High School when he finished this project while double enrolled at LMC during school closings and the pandemic,” said Kristy Jenks, secretary of the high school office. “This bright and eager student is now taking advantage of our Middle College program and is also enrolled in the Advanced Manufacturing classes at the Van Buren Technology Center. He is also a youth mentor for baseline robotics and a team member for the Ramageddon robotics team at South Haven High School. “
Emenhiser’s sculpture draws attention to the project to beautify the south entrance, which includes Ledgestone seating around the southwestern portion of the school building wrapped in a larger, multi-tiered Ledgestone structure with native shrubs, flowers and plants in shades of purple and gold the colors of the district school are to be displayed. Box trees, pines, and perennials surround the adjoining wall for visual appeal.
The SH project CURB is continuing its fundraising campaigns for the next project round, which is scheduled to take place in autumn 2021. The group is applying for grants and will resume sponsorship application to raise funds. For those interested in partnering with Project CURB, see sponsorship details online at shprojectcurb.org/sponsorship. In addition, donations can be made online at shprojectcurb.org or by mail at PO Box 131 South Haven, MI 49090.
South Haven Project CURB is a 501c3 non-profit run by parents and communities that is responsible for orchestrating, sponsoring, and running annual outdoor beautification projects at every school in the SHPS district. The group was founded in 2019 and has since sponsored four landscape projects in district buildings. Visit www.sh projectcurb.org to learn more.