Long a problem for students, teachers and parents during the rainy season, the muddy, swamp-like playing field behind Alameda School has begun to get the attention it needs. After leveling and reseeding in early summer, the field has been closed for the duration of the dry season. Pet owners are asked to keep dogs away from the property, according to volunteer Aimée Samuelson.
Fund raising for the project will continue. “We still need donations because extra supplies and work are being subsidized by donations — seed, leveling, mulch, fertilizing and aerating,” Samuelson said, “and our website is still taking donations.” (www.alamedafield.org.) Samuelson said another fundraiser for the field may occur in the late summer or early fall. “We also need donations of trees – hydrangea and rhododendrons – if anyone is moving plants in their backyard, we would gladly accept!”
Samuelson said volunteers are also needed – a potential way for students to fulfill their requirement for service hours. “We also can provide service hours to anyone – students, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts – who wishes to help with fall cleanup, pruning, etc.”
Samuelson said the fundraising tack has also changed from last year. “We have gone away from fundraising for an artificial turf field as the school has many other more pressing issues to address, and think that it’s best to just work to improve the field without redoing it. A little love and attention are going a long way.”