So, she contacted Victor Ramos, one of the assistant principals, and explained her concept. Ramos then asked construction technology teacher Agapito Garcia to inspect the area and design something. Roy Galvan was also consulted and was instrumental in the financing of the project. Lynn Harrison and Michael Carranco helped with material delivery.
Garcia drew some sketches and presented them to Ramos and Massengale. They accepted the designs and all of Garcia’s students got involved. They began clearing the terrain and built the patio deck first.
Then the Pergola 1 deck followed. Next was Pergola 2 deck. The next deck, Garcia calls the L-Bench. After these were built, the students put up deck walkways to connect all of them. All have sunscreens made from 1 1/2-inch treated strips of pine.
Garcia has found a stopping point, and in September his classes will return and complete the project. Phase two will be to add defined areas with cedar and add black mulch. Then, planter boxes will circle the trees with red mulch to define them.
The L-bench will get supports, and a backrest will be added. Planter boxes in raccoon shapes will also be an addition. Massengale has a raccoon story to go with these.
The goal is for teachers to take their classes and enjoy reading out in the natural light, JHS staff members said.
The students also plan to enter their project in the Skills USA competition, which will give JHS students exposure on the state and national levels.
Students involved in this project included Victor Arellano, Damian Aparaicio Dominic Aparaicio, Ryan Brumley, Marcus Cano, Jose Delgado, Izaac Ellis, Prinston Garcia, Frank Garza, Jesse Garza, Noah Garza, Adrian Gonzales, Dallin Giron, Christopher Gonzales, Willie Guerra, Jonathan Gutierrez, Carlos Guzman, Michael Harms, William Hinojosa, Christian Hernandez, Efren Ibarra, Brent Koenig, Ricky Martin, Jason Martinez, Manley Pace, Justin Rendon, Joshua Salazar, Eloy Vasquez, Angel Perez, Jerry Rodriguez, Josue Sanchez and Mark Vaughn.