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