For several months, AFSC staff had been exploring ways to improve water efficiency and increase outdoor seating capacity at the Friends Peace Garden at Lincoln High School. Thanks to generous funding support from our donors, we were able to purchase supplies to install a drip irrigation system for the garden and materials to build more benches. In following the spirit of all of our work with youth, we had students engaged in the process. For the drip irrigation system, students measured, cut and assembled PVC pipe and drip liner. Olivia Chamu, 15, said, “I learned from a water specialist, then helped my classmates learn to do it too!” For the bench projects, students leveled and cleared the ground, dug holes for the base, mixed and poured cement, and assembled three benches. “I learned that I can build benches easily. Also it showed me a lot about teamwork. Now I want to build one for my house,” said student Eriberto Cruz, 17.
Written: 31st October 2012