Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Shorecrest Prep Students Prove Their Mettle During Service Week
by Frank De Lucia, ServiceSource Florida
A dozen Shorecrest students tackled the unenviable task of post-winter yard clean-up at ServiceSource Florida with aplomb.
Armed with rakes, shovels, loppers, saws, clippers, leaf blowers and wheelbarrows, they cleared our driveway of oak leaves, uprooted stubborn, long-past-their-prime shrubbery, marked sprinkler heads, dug irrigation trenches; and set the stage for the wizardry of Peter Drouin and Kurt Steinmann—affectionately known as Mr. Dirt and Mr. Mulch—to kick-start the landscape phase of the Veterans Tribute Garden.
Following Kurt’s lead, Peter then guided his Bobcat and backhoe with uncanny deftness, grading soil, back-filling and tamping pathways, digging holes, setting eight accent palms, and prepping the grounds for the plantings and hardscapes that will follow.
All told, the value of today’s donation, delivery, and installation of palms, tractor grading, design work, and volunteer labor is conservatively estimated at $8,000.
Hats off to Shorecrest students, faculty advisor Tripp Welborne, Peter, Kurt, Tony, Chris, and Mark for a terrific show of force. Click here for Facebook photos.
Days two and three of Shorecrest Prep Student Service Week at ServiceSource Florida were no less productive than the first, as a dozen sophomores toiled incessantly, digging irrigation trenches, clearing brush, trimming oaks, thinning palmetto palms, backfilling low spots, and cleaning up.
Their work ethic was impressive and reflects great credit upon parents, faculty advisor Tripp Welborne, and the leadership at Shorecrest. Their substantial contribution of volunteer hours is prominently featured in our grant application to the GE Volunteer Foundation, which will bolster our effort to fund the balance of the Veterans Tribute Garden project.
Today they’ll work under the supervision of Virginia Meyer and Norm Belson at the Veterans Mall – a huge storeroom of home-starter kits (kitchen, bath, and bedroom essentials and job-interview clothes) distributed for free to Veterans transitioning from homeless to apartment life.