I too, would like to thank the the entire Atwater community for your dedicated service today. Special thanks to Tomas and the volunteers from EnrichLA, you all are amazing. Also, I would like to thank Lara and Dana for their vision of this garden two years ago.
Thanks Again! Charles D. Smith, Principal, Atwater Avenue Elementary School
Thanks to everyone who came out today and put in so much energy and hard work into the completion of Atwater Elementary’s Reading Garden. It is a beautiful space and will be a treasure to the students for many years. Everyone – we cannot thank you enough for your amazing dedication and hard work today. Special thanks go to the volunteers from EnrichLA for your ingenuity, good humor and inspiration. Thank you for picking our school on this day for your service.
Lara Pranger, Garden coordinator at Atwater
There were not actually that many people there but everybody that was there actually really worked hard, so from my standpoint it was relaxed, organized, without stress and incredibly productive. I do have to say Mr. Smith, you are unusual. I’ve done a few gardens in my time and I have met a lot of good principals. I have never met a principal though who was there a 7:00 AM cutting wood and who was there after we all left. To everyone, it was truly a pleasure to work with you and be a part of the Atwater crowd. I enjoyed myself, and I know that I can speak for all of us at enrich L.a that we would be honored to be a part of this garden moving forward.
Tomas O’ Grady