Projects

SMG 2018 Projects
Children's Museum- Cam Jones
Central Elementary Project-Peggie Lazenby
Riverhill School- Peggie Lazenby
Threadgill School Project- Cam Jones
Healing Place- Kaye Hillis
Shoal Wildflower SocietyTVA Wildflower Trail- Margie Anderton
Helen Keller Birthplace Foundation- Betty Balch
Safe Place Project- David Phillips

SMG Workday: Children's Museum of the Shoals
Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 9:00 a.m. until noon
Good news… the city has marked the electric lines in the courtyard area at the The Children's Museum of the Shoals so we can now get in to dig up some of the perennials, move and replant them around the cute little reading house inside the fence. And any excess perennials will be donated to SMG for the Arts Alive plant sale. We will also be planting new shrubs and ground cover in the courtyard area. Lest you think there is nothing else to do, let me disabuse you of that thought. Inside the play area adjacent to Darby Road, we will be pruning boxwood and dismantling the three raised beds. There may even be a few weeds! I’ll provide water and black plastic bags.

Please accept my sincerest thanks for all the work you do to support this exciting project. Bring your shovels, hand tools, pruners, wheelbarrows, etc. Don’t forget sunscreen! Thanks so much to those who volunteered their time to help make The Children's Museum of the Shoals beautiful! There is so much to do and the leaders at the CMS are very appreciative and supportive of our efforts.

SMG Workday: Threadgill Primary School
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.​
Threadgill Primary School at 900 Annapolis Avenue, Sheffield , Alabama is a new and exciting SMG project. The principal, Matthew Syesta, has asked us to convert an inner courtyard into an outdoor learning and arts area and the SMG Board was kind enough to approve this multi-year project. In addition to the SMG funding, the school also received a grant from St. Francis Foundation.

Our first efforts will be cleaning up the area. This will entail taking down some small trees, some of which have grown very close to a chain link fence, trimming vines, pruning some crape myrtles and overgrown bushes, and pressure washing a gazebo and trellis. We also need to assess the viability of an old water feature.

I would also like for us to discuss how best to schedule laying a concrete walkway from the school building to the learning area, so bring your creativity with you. John Norton has done this before and has some ideas gleaned from experience. Anyone with past experience is urged to join us Wed, May 2. I am checking with Habitat to try and find more information.

If you have any of the tools necessary to achieve our goals for the first workday, please bring them and join us on Wed. morning at 9:00. Thanks in advance for your interest. Cam Jones is coordinating this workday.

Workday at Helen Keller's Birthplace
SMG had a workday at Helen Keller's birthplace, Ivy Green, Saturday, April 28, starting at 9:00. We will continue with spring cleanup, pruning, feeding and possibly mulching.

Betty Balch is coordinating this workday. Please let Betty know if you think you might be coming so we can bring more supplies. 

Riverhill School BioBlitz
Riverhill School is having a BioBlitz activity on Thursday, May 23rd from 8:30-11:30. We will be helping students identify the plants on their new campus. Please meet in front parking lot at 8:15a.m. so that we may enter as a group. If you are late please tell them you are there for Mrs. Dielbert's class on speaker at front door.
Look forward to seeing you for this fun adventure.

SMG Workday: Children's Museum of the Shoals
The Children's Museum of the Shoals has planned an Easter egg hunt for March 24th and asked us if we would have a work day in advance of their party. March 13, 2018 was sat as the work day. Those that attended preformed routine clean up,trimming hedges, blowing leaves, weeding and trimming, Etc. About  60 bags of mulch was distributed, and a huge pile black leaf bags was left at the curb.  Cam Jones is coordinating this project. There will be another workday scheduled soon to complete this project. Thanks so much to those who volunteered their time to help make The Children's Museum of the Shoals beautiful!

 


  

Scope 310 Project on March 27! This is another wonderful (subjective) opportunity to get in some volunteer hours and some lifting exercises all in one. For the Scope 310 Project, we will move the landscape blocks from our SMG Nursery Barn to the Scope 310 front yard, using a trailer. Some of the blocks are 52# each and are rectangular. Some are the smaller flat pavers at about 2#. Will meet at 8:30 AM at the SMG Nursery Barn. With enough people, we should be done by 10 AM at Scope 310 (4129 Helton Drive). Will have a hand truck and a wheelbarrow available so the actual carry time will be bearable. We will use these blocks to outline a new Butterfly Garden at Scope 310.

 
Riverhill School Workday October 4th! As all of you know, Riverhill School is up and running. Mrs. Allison Delbert, the science lab/ robotics teacher, is now ready to start working on the gardens for the school. Allison has a workday planned for October 4th(rain day ,Oct. 6th) at 8:15 a.m. until. The turtle habitat and songbird sanctuary are planned for this day. Please bring the usual gardening tools, gloves, and your knowledge. Allison also has another day planned for October 18th(rain day20th) when we will be forming a butterfly/pollinator garden. She will need pavers from the nursery and any appropriate plants that you have to share from your gardens. I know several of you have grandchildren at Riverhill and this will be a great opportunity for you to work with them on their new garden. Allison has been a great steward of the gardens in the past and appreciates everything we help her with. Lets be good neighbors and help them get started on the right foot. Thanks for your support on this teaching project.



SMG 2017 Projects
Children's Museum of the Shoals - Cam Jones
Community Garden - Tommy Flurry
Fame Girls Ranch - John Norton
Helen Keller Birthplace - Betty Balch
Joe Wheeler Park - Jennifer Garrett
Monarch Watch - Betty McCutchen
R.E. Thompson School - Paula Kelley
Safe Place - Ken Horton
The Hall Memorial Native Plant Garden at TVA - Margie Anderton

2016 Project Managers
There is a lot to choose from when it comes to SMG projects. There are projects both north and south of the Tennessee River. Listed below are the projects and their respective managers. If you're interested contact the managers. 

Children's Museum of the Shoals - Cam Jones
Community Garden - Tommy Flurry
Fame Girls Ranch - John Norton
Helen Keller Birthplace - Betty Balch
Joe Wheeler State Park - Jennifer Garrett
Monarch Watch - Betty McCutchen
R.E. Thompson School - Paula Kelley
Safe Place - Ken Horton
The Hall Memorial Native Plant Garden at TVA - Margie Anderton

Project leader Cam Jones has scheduled a workday at the Children's Museum for Wednesday, March 9th at 8:30am. The Children's Museum is located 2810 Darby Drive. Please bring clippers, shovels, rakes, gloves and leaf bags or any other tool that you think we might use. RAIN DATE: IF IT RAINS ON MARCH 9, WE WILL CONVENE ON MARCH 17 AT THE CM AT 8:30.

The Joe Wheeler Project is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16 beginning at 9 am. Please bring your gloves, shovels, pruning shears and rakes. We will be revitalizing and improving an existing flower bed next to the boat launch. This launch is located on the main road to the lodge, off of Highway 72.

Wednesday, March 30 at the Senior Citizens Center in Sheffield, beginning at 9:00. It is located at 303 E 2nd Street, Sheffield. Tommy Flurry wants to add gin trash to the existing raised beds that were built there last year.

April 11 at 11:00 at Central Elementary School. Peggie Lazenby will be leading the elementary students as they plant raised beds with spring vegetables. The school is located at 3000 Co. Road 200 in the Central community. Both of these are worthwhile projects and need your help. 

2015 Project Managers
Buffler House (St Florian) — Pam Smith 
Camp McDowel (Winston County) — Brenda Bradford 
Central Elementary School(Central) — Peggy Lazenby 
Community Garden — TBA
Fame Girls Ranch (Colbert County) — Lisa Morris 
Florence Public Library — Larry Gullett 
Genesis Glenwood Center & Keller Landing — Martha Berryhill 
Help Center (Florence) — Pat Butler 
Helen Keller Birthplace, Ivy Green (Tuscumbia) — Betty Balch 
Kilby School (Florence) — Paul Smith 
R.E.Thompson School, (Tuscumbia) — Paula Kelley 
Riverhill School (St Florian) — Peggy Lazenby 
Rogersville Library — Ina Ranger 
Safe Place (Florence) — Ken Horton 
Sav-a-Life , Clinic Grounds — Martha Berryhill 
Sheffield Sr Center, Raised Bed Gardens — Tommy Flurry 
The Healing Place (Muscle Shoals) — Debra Barnes 
Weeden School, Outdoor Classroom (Florence) — TBA
WICP, Education & Bulletin Bd (Florence) — Betty McCutchen

Other area where we are helping but are not projects

TVAA with the Trees of Christmas

Plant Rescue - Betty McCutchen, Margie Anderton, Dee Hubbert

How to Get Projects Approved and Funded

Projects require Projects Committee approval. Projects Committee  Chairman is Martha Berryhill. Please submit a project proposal form for review by the Projects Committee.

To be reimbursed for expenses associated with your project, please submit a Request for Reimbursement form per instructions on the form. 

Details regarding budgets, work dates, scope of work will be posted when available. Remember, these are excellent opportunities for logging your volunteer hours.
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