Our neighbor, Calvert Street Elementary

I've mentioned before that we live across the street from an elementary school. I love it but can sometimes hate it. I love the sound the kids make when they play in the yard. I hate the sound the parents make when they honk their horns like they're in Mid-town Manhattan.

My husband and I have gone back and forth on the idea of our P attending Calvert. We finally came to the conclusion that part of being in this community is being part of the school, so we'll give it a try. The neighbors have been very involved in moving the school in a positive direction and we feel we should join that momentum.

Although P won't be there for another three years I decided to get involved with the kinderyard. Right now the yard is awful. From the outside it looks ok but once you're in there playing you see it's dirty, run down, out dated and uninspiring. There is a play structure that was donated...it's the one saving grace.

I have big plans for this space. I think my talents as a graphic artist, art department coordinator for commercial productions and research on stimulating child senses and brain development are best suited for helping out in this space. I have a master plan that will probably take a good two years to execute. For now though, I'd like to make an immediate visual change for the coming year. So this is my plan for the Calvert Ocean.

This is the "Ocean" area as is:

This is what I'd like to do with it:

The "Ocean" area is part of my master plan so it's a good place to make a lasting start. I chose this part of the yard to be the ocean because it is constantly shaded and therefore cooler than the rest of the yard....kind of the same feel you get when you jump in the water. Now, I'm looking for free materials and a little muscle to help.

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kriselkeeper: Our neighbor, Calvert Street Elementary

Monday, August 24, 2009

Our neighbor, Calvert Street Elementary

I've mentioned before that we live across the street from an elementary school. I love it but can sometimes hate it. I love the sound the kids make when they play in the yard. I hate the sound the parents make when they honk their horns like they're in Mid-town Manhattan.

My husband and I have gone back and forth on the idea of our P attending Calvert. We finally came to the conclusion that part of being in this community is being part of the school, so we'll give it a try. The neighbors have been very involved in moving the school in a positive direction and we feel we should join that momentum.

Although P won't be there for another three years I decided to get involved with the kinderyard. Right now the yard is awful. From the outside it looks ok but once you're in there playing you see it's dirty, run down, out dated and uninspiring. There is a play structure that was donated...it's the one saving grace.

I have big plans for this space. I think my talents as a graphic artist, art department coordinator for commercial productions and research on stimulating child senses and brain development are best suited for helping out in this space. I have a master plan that will probably take a good two years to execute. For now though, I'd like to make an immediate visual change for the coming year. So this is my plan for the Calvert Ocean.

This is the "Ocean" area as is:

This is what I'd like to do with it:

The "Ocean" area is part of my master plan so it's a good place to make a lasting start. I chose this part of the yard to be the ocean because it is constantly shaded and therefore cooler than the rest of the yard....kind of the same feel you get when you jump in the water. Now, I'm looking for free materials and a little muscle to help.

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