Akins said the grant was used to beautify the plain looking school entrance, making it more welcoming to students, faculty, parents and the community. She said the grant was for $4,500 and through the gifts of the community and students' families; they were able to raise $500.
She said with the grant money, the school purchased plants, landscaping items, birdbaths and paving stones. She said she was very lucky to have the help of businesses, clubs and students on the project. The Cherokee Village Master Gardeners donated numerous plants as well as helped with advice and planting. Akins said Mrs. Davenport with the Cherokee Village Master Gardeners was a very huge asset to the project and also thanked First National Banking Company, which donated $500 to the project, as well as David Harris who provided dirt, Jimmy Counts for his backhoe, Donna Nicols and Jerry and Tausha Blackburn for money to help make the project a reality.
Akins said the school would like to thank Mountain Home Lowes employees Todd Oroz, Tommy Gates and Scott Edmisten for their help with the planning of the project. She said currently she is seeking parent volunteers to help with maintenance of the project in front of Highland High School.