The front of Bayou View Middle School is now bursting with color and life. It's hard to believe the yard used to be barren and unattractive.
"Muddy, gushy, grass poking up everywhere. It was nasty," said 7th grader Ryland Alewine.
The 7th grade science students got to work two months ago. They designed the garden, tilled the soil, and planted the flowers, shrubs, and trees.
After the long hours and hard work, the students and teachers gathered on Monday to dedicate "Resurrection Garden." It was named after the Dogwood trees, because their flowers look like a cross. The blooms also symbolize renewal.
"We're coming back from the storm, and I think the whole Coast is coming back and we're proud to be a part of it," said science teacher Don Antie. "Students won't remember probably a thing I talked to them in class today, but they'll remember this for years to come."
"It brought us closer together and how to get a better understanding of what we're doing," said 7th grader Michelle Blakeney. "It felt great to have some hands-on in class."
"It makes us feel proud that we've been able to help our community like this," said 7th grader Zachary Bodenhamer. "I think it will raise the morale of the school."
The beautification project will grow when an outdoor greenhouse and botanical garden go up on campus this summer. The students are proud to leave behind a lovely legacy.
"I can't wait to see future faces at this school," Michelle said. "To be able to come out here and be like 'Wow, this is my school. It looks great.'"
Bayou View Middle School also plans to rebuild the nature trail and install a weather station. Lowe's, Wal-Mart, and the PTA donated $66,500 to the beautification projects.