Third Beautification Project Kicking Off At South Haven High School

The next beautification project at South Haven High School will begin soon. South Haven Project CURB says the effort will provide landscaping around the digital marquee located at the northeast corner of the SHHS campus. This is the third beautification project South Haven Project CURB has done at the school. The organization has released the following:

South Haven Project CURB has secured funding to execute the third beautification project at South Haven High School in two years. The beautification effort will focus on the northeast lawn of the high school surrounding the electronic marquee, a central focal point of the school and the South Haven community. The design, developed by deBest Inc., will fit the established aesthetic and complement the two other projects on campus. The project is a collaboration between South Haven Project CURB, South Haven Public Schools and deBest Inc, with grants from the Van Buren  Conservation District, Greater South Haven Area Community Foundation and Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).

Since launching the organization in 2019, South Haven Project CURB has sponsored four beautification projects and plans to expand students’ roles in the organization. “We have always hoped to have students involved in the work we are doing because this is their space, and we want to create an environment that appeals to them and that they can be proud of,” says Robyn Henrickson, Co-founder of SH Project CURB.

“COVID-19 put a strain on the level of student participation, but we have been able to work individually and with small groups to execute projects like the sports entrance with Zack Emenhiser and other small scale clean-ups as needed. The South Haven Rocket Senior football team has volunteered to weed the sports entrance area, which is a great help. We are looking forward to having the opportunity to get more students involved”. Student groups interested in ”adopting” a project can contact South Haven Project CURB by emailing shprojectcurb@gmail.com.

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SH Project CURB recently collaborated with the South Haven Center for the Arts and SHPS to submit a grant that will fund more student-led art projects like Emenhiser’s sports entrance sculpture. “We’ve had such a tremendous response from the community regarding Zack’s project. We would love to allow more students to be a part of this effort,” says Kevin Dee, Director of Non-Instructional Services at SHPS.

South Haven  Project CURB continues fundraising efforts for the next round of projects targeted for spring 2022 execution. The group is actively applying for grants and will resume sponsorship solicitation to raise funds. For those interested in partnering with Project CURB, sponsorship details can be found online at shprojectcurb.org/sponsorship. Additionally, donations can be made online at shprojectcurb.org or mailed to P.O. Box 131 South Haven, MI 49090.

South Haven Project CURB is a 501c3 non-profit parent and community-led organization whose mission is to orchestrate, sponsor and execute annual outdoor beautification projects at each school within the SHPS district. The group was established in 2019 and has raised nearly $30,000 in funding for landscape projects at district buildings. Visit www.shprojectcurb.org to learn more.