Pilot Flying J Gets Hands-On with Day of Service

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    Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy is by far the largest Community School operated by the Great Schools Partnership. With over 660 students enrolled, many lives are touched by this school every year.

    Twenty-seven interns and three employees from Pilot Flying J got a chance to impact the school and its community by sprucing up vegetable gardens, flower beds, specialty pollinator gardens, and the courtyard at Sarah Moore Greene on July 17.

    SMG pilot Day of Service

    Volunteers spread out over the 736,400 square foot campus to assemble a new compost bin, prune overgrown trees, plant flowers, weed gardens, repair rain barrels, stake apple trees upright, and pick up trash. The front entrance of the school looks like new thanks two of Pilot’s maintenance employees who gave the front sidewalk a good pressure wash to remove dark stains from natural wear and tear.

    The idea for the beautification day came from East Knoxville community member and Sarah Moore Greene School neighbor Grace Ashford. Ms. Ashford hopes this Day of Service will inspire others to invest time and resources to maintain the level of upkeep that Pilot’s team helped start. She is passionate to see the school campus transform into a lush landscape that her neighborhood can be proud of.

    Next up: planting new flowers, grasses, and bushes in the now cleared flower beds around the school. Interested in putting your garden skills to good use? Please contact us to learn how you can get involved in the next step of the beautification process at Sarah Moore Greene.

    From everyone at Great Schools and Sarah Moore Greene Magnet—thank you Pilot for supporting our mission both financially and with hands-on volunteering!