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Garcia family surprises principal with perfect flower beds


Kathy Blackwell, Canyon Ridge Intermediate principal, returned to a surprise when she reported for work on Monday, July 24. She knew the weeds in the flower bed had gotten out of hand over the summer, some topping four feet tall. Student council students, teachers Kevin Koch and Christie Combs, and Watch D.O.G dad David Garcia took care of the flower beds after school in the spring, but that was months ago.

Blackwell pulled up to the building on July 24 to find Garcia, his wife Sharonda and their two daughters, Brionna and Kaitlyn shoulder deep in the flower beds. 

“I wish I could express what an overwhelming task this was,” Blackwell said. “It was not pretty and was a monumental undertaking.” 

Sharonda and David Garcia are fixtures around Mustang Public Schools and heavily involved in the PTA. David heads the district’s Watch D.O.G. program. Principal Kathy Blackwell remarked to Sharonda that she was afraid some of the rose buses had died.
 
Sharonda took a picture and showed it to David with the idea that maybe they could get a grant and assistance from a local business. David suggested to his wife that they could do it themselves. On Thursday, David and their daughters, Brionna and Kaitlyn got up at six and headed to the school, working until 11. Sharonda joined them and from Friday through Monday for four hours a day or more, they worked in the heat. All Seasons donated 20 bags of mulch and the PTA bought a pallet of mulch. David went back Tuesday to put it in place.
 
“This brought tears to my eyes,” Blackwell said. “What a wonderful example of giving and sacrificing to serve our school, kids, the community and me. I wish I could express what an overwhelming task this was.”
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