Ms.Beckford’s Garden In Front The School
By Adrion DOobay, Senior Writer
In the front of Hillcrest High School lies a patch of dirt which needs some tender love and care. Thanks to the help of Ms. Beckford that “patch-of-dirt” was transformed into a beautiful garden. The garden consists of many divine flowers hand picked and planted by none other than Ms. Beckford herself.
On Ms.Beckford's spare time she maintains the garden to the best of her ability. Ms. Beckford has been an English teacher for 26 ongoing 27 years. She also holds the chapter leader spot for the school which represents the teachers for the union. She has accomplished so much in such little time but that did not deter her from tending her utmost passion; gardening.
As a child Ms. Beckford’s father taught her how to garden.” “I do it because I love doing it” she says. She comes on saturdays and even takes time out of her summer to come maintain the garden. The amount of dedication Ms. Beckford shows is just amazing. The fact that she would take time out of her day to help the school and make it look better shows the raw determination and compassion she has for the school.
Every Saturday, she comes by the school to check up on her garden. Students, such as Shawn Shaffer, Mike Cadett, Obed Gani, and Tarinjit Kour, come to assist her on their spare time as well. The extra hands go a long way in tending the garden. Thanks to help and creativity of these students the garden has been able to reach its full potential. “When available Mr. Lee stops by and gives a few tips about the garden.’’ Ms. Beckford says.
Struggling, Ms. Beckford fights to keep the garden going. “We can use all the help we can to save the garden.” she says. The Custodial Secretary, Courtney, told Ms. Beckford to remove the garden due to building maintenance. The garden covers up a manhole that needs to be accessed at all times. She placed too much hard work and dedication into the garden to see it go. “The neighborhood would hate to see the garden go.” she insisted. A fellow neighbor of Hillcrest High School previously stopped Ms. Beckford and mentioned how beautiful the garden is. The compliments do not just stop there, a neighbor said “the property value of their house has been improved because of the garden.” The garden does not just give Hillcrest a beautiful facade it also helps the neighborhood.
Showing off her “Green Thumb” Ms. Beckford also maintains the green room in the school located on the 4th floor. Ms. Beckford never stops gardening. She maintains a stable garden in the backyard in her own home. “ I do it because I love doing it she says. Gardening is one of Ms. Beckford's utmost passion.
Fortunately the garden still remains intact except for the portion that covered the manhole. Nonetheless the garden still retains its radiant beauty which shall remain for years to come.
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