OK (KSWO)- A couple Southwest Oklahoma schools got a front entry makeover thanks to a local business.
Two local elementary schools are looking a little prettier, after winning a free landscaping makeover. Whittier Elementary and Elgin Elementary won a contest through 4D Landscaping company.
4D Landscaping held a contest to beautify the front entrance of two area schools. It all started from Facebook nominations. People were then asked to vote on which school should win.
Elgin Superintendent Nate Meraz says this is truly a treat for the entire community.
"We continue to grow out here. And these kinds of opportunities just help us grow in the right direction, beautify our campus and work on the total pride concept we are going for... We do take pride in what we do and that includes our facilities. We do believe the children will take pride in it. The kids, they see things that look good are well kept and that makes them want to be here. I think even subconsciously it has a big effect on the learning environment…"
Elgin's new flower bed makeover including labor costs is worth more than $3,000.
We also talked with Principal Melanie Nungesser from Whittier. She also touched on about how much the kids have enjoyed seeing the flowers every morning. She says with recent budget cuts, it's been a big help to not have to worry about beautifying their school using their limited funds.
"It's very nice to have community support. To know that they would take their own time and resources to do something for our school, it means a lot to us-- to our teachers and our parents... It's definitely something we don't have to worry about with our limited resources-- having to make our front yard look beautiful."
Danny El Khouri, the owner of 4D Landscaping, says he looks forward to holding another contest in the spring.
"It's really heart-warming to be able to give back to the district that educated us while giving to the next generation at the same time. We really appreciate all the hard work that educators put in and we believe that their work environment and our local schools should be nice."