School Clean Up

Former Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School student Olivia De Guzman and her family were part of a crew of volunteers that spent a portion of Saturday sprucing up the grounds around the school on Dill Avenue. Olivia was busy trimming the two large shrubs in front of the school, which was once a church.

Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School near downtown Frederick held it’s annual Building and Grounds Work Day to spruce up the school ahead of the summer season.

About 10 volunteers, including students and parents, weeded, pruned and trimmed plants just outside the school to give the building a fresh look for the warmer months. Parents also painted a mural in a girls bathroom.

Volunteers planned on painting the parking lot, but had to postpone it due to rain in the forecast for the next couple of days.

Meg De Guzman and her two daughters were at the school Saturday morning weeding and trimming plants. De Guzman is also the Building and Grounds Committee co-chair.

She planned on performing other tasks to help clean up the school, adding that she enjoys spring cleaning at home as well.

“I have plants waiting to go in the ground at home,” she said with a laugh.

She likes volunteering and giving back to the school because she said it has nurtured her children for many years.

Brian West, chair for the Building and Grounds Committee, was weed whacking tree wells on the sidewalk. He also performs groundwork for a living.

“It’s a good role for me here because it’s basically the same kind of work that I do,” he said.

He volunteers elsewhere in the community and said helping out at the school is a good fit for him.

“I like helping out with the school,” he said. “I like to be a part of making certain things look nice.”

Deb Knox-Teitel, volunteer committee chair for the school, said the cleanup happens at least once a year.

Three hundred children attend the school from preschool to eighth grade and are very active in volunteering, she said.

“This year, we did more than 12,000 hours in our community and we only have 300 students,” she said. “Our families do a lot.”

She added that it always feels good when volunteers can come together to spruce up the school.

“It gets the community together to do some work and have some camaraderie,” she said. “We’re just so grateful for the families that put in so much time and effort to keep our school going.”

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