By Lurene Kelley
If you’ve walked past it on your way to Au Fond or parked in front of it to meet friends at Café Ole – you may have noticed the beautiful architecture of the 100-year-old Peabody school. Chances are, though, you didn’t notice the landscaping.
That’s all about to change, possibly with your help. The newly formed Friends of Peabody Elementary is planning a “Flip this Schoolyard” event! The hope is that many hands will transform the nondescript entrance of Peabody into a showcase for the entire Cooper-Young neighborhood.
Just like those popular home improvement shows, organizers plan to work some magic in just two Saturdays in July. The first Saturday volunteers will uproot old foliage and prepare the grounds; the second Saturday, new trees, bushes, and flowers will be planted.
Midtown Nursery is donating greenery for the event and organizers anticipate more Midtown businesses will contribute.
The work dates are set for July 24th and July 31st from 7-10 am. No sign up is necessary, just show up for one or both days! Volunteers are asked to bring their own rakes and/or shovels. Breakfast, coffee and lots of ice water will be provided.
Remember, you don’t have to be a Peabody parent or even a resident of Cooper-Young to get involved. In fact, the only qualification to join is the desire to make CY look even better. So, ask your friends to help and check out the Friends of Peabody Elementary fan page on Facebook.
Lurene Kelley is an assistant professor at the University of Memphis.