Location: Penn Griffin School for the Arts, 825 E Washington Dr., High Point, NC 27260
Community Impact: Project EverGreen, Nature’s Select Premium Turf Services staff in Winston-Salem and Greensboro-based Syngenta employees, joined faculty and student volunteers donating their time and services to enhance and improve the grounds at the Penn-Griffin Arts Magnet School in High Point.
William Penn-Alfred J. Griffin School for the Arts is a 120 year-old, public arts magnet school situated in a historic, locality, now a designated part of a new National Historic District. “The grounds around the school have been sadly neglected over the years, which has had an effect on our campus“, according to Linda Willard, administrative assistant at Penn-Griffin. Willard reached out to Steve Dorer, local Territory Manager at Syngenta, for help to upgrade landscaping on the campus and replace old, outdated plants with newer, native plants that would be more drought- resistant, to reduce water usage. “The generosity of Nature’s Select and Project EverGreen to fund the project, along with our faculty and student volunteers and Syngenta employees involved in this landscape installation, helps us to beautify our outdoor environment and make it a more pleasant and inviting place to learn and to visit”, Willard added.
Gene Queen, owner of Nature’s Select Premium Turf Services in Winston-Salem, volunteered their professional staff time and labor to plan and supervise the installation, as well as donating extensive nursery stock and mulch needed for the landscape restoration. “Our company’s mission is to preserve and enhance our community green spaces, and facilitating the Penn-Griffin School landscape renovation is one way we’re glad to help sustain a healthy, green environment for current and future students at Penn-Griffin,” Queen said.
Syngenta Lawn & Garden is a leading supplier of products and services to the green industry. “We are a corporate partner and sponsor of Project EverGreen and actively support this community green space effort,” said Margaret Bell, Syngenta senior marketing communications manager, and executive committee member of Project EverGreen. “Our corporate responsibility commitments include making a positive contribution to the communities where we work and live, so we’re especially pleased to assist Nature’s Select in this effort to improve the grounds of Penn-Griffin school, a historic, educational treasure right here in the Triad, ” Bell added.
Green space cleanup
Installation of drought-tolerant trees & shrubs
Completion Date: November 19, 2011
Estimated Project Value: $12,000
Estimated Value of Volunteer Time: $2,100