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Beautifying their school

Benjamin Logan Middle School seventh-graders traded their pencils, notebooks and calculators this week for shovels, wheelbarrows and rakes to complete a project they started earlier this year to help beautify their school.


ABOVE: Tom Braddock, Benjamin Logan seventh-grade math teacher, works Friday to clean a marble sign for Benjamin Logan Middle School that previously had been in storage, and will be placed at the front entry to the school with the newly installed landscaping. BELOW: Columbus area artist Eric Marlow helps Benjamin Logan Middle School students install “recyclatrees” Friday at the entryway to their school. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)


Pupils worked Friday to install landscaping at the front entryway to the BLMS building under the direction of Cole Carpenter, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center professional turf and landscaping instructor, and about 20 of his students.

An artist in residency, Eric Marlow of Columbus, also spent time with the middle-schoolers during the week to construct colorful outdoor sculptures that will have a permanent home in the green space. His second visit to BLMS of the school year was funded by a grant from the VSA Ohio, the State Organization on Arts and Disability.

The overall beautification project was organized by art teacher Jennifer Davis, with contributions by all 140 seventh-grade students and with the help of a $500 Logan County Soil and Water Conservation District grant.

Community members are invited to check out the school’s new look during an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. May 30.

“It’s been an awesome experience,” Mrs. Davis said. “It’s utilizing the concept of project-based learning to teach in a new way that involves networking with others.


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