“It’s fantastic, I couldn’t be more pleased,” Nathan said. “The students designed the goals and the solutions to the runoff problem.”
Brenda Bourgeois was one of the six homeowners whose properties benefited from the project.
The students planted a beautiful garden that would absorb storm runoff. They also cleaned out shrubs and replaced them with silky dogwood and Virginia rose plants.
“The whole project is great for the high school students and the homeowners, too,” Bourgeois said.
When the morning ended, the students boarded their school bus with a feeling of satisfaction.
“I learned that hard work really does pay off,” said Amanda Arsenault, 16, of Fremont.
But Amanda paid the price, showing numerous cuts and scratches she received while clearing brush.
For Nick Sciacca, 16, of Newton, it was rewarding to see how he and his classmates could make a difference.
“It was pretty cool,” he said. “You can drive by and say, ‘I did that.’”
Ethan Johnson, 16, of Newton said he learned a lot about the pond while discovering he, too, could help out.
It was surprising how we were able to take a shrubbery area that looked like a mess and make it a nice one,” he said. “I didn’t realize how much could be done by the runoff and what we could do. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it.”