DENVER – Melissa Cangero, who heads the Rock Springs Elementary School PTO grounds committee, and her husband, Lorenzo, worked tirelessly throughout the summer to spruce up the school’s campus. The work culminated July 19, when Lowes volunteers and other Rock Springs parents weathered 90-plus-degree heat to put the finishing touches on the beautification project.

“The grounds committee doesn’t have a budget and it’s very low-funded,” Cangero said. “My husband’s a mason and I’m a baker, and we got a lot of donations through some contacts we’ve made, so we were able to pull this together.”

Among the area businesses that helped make the project possible were Lorenzo Masonry, SiteOne Landscape Supply in Cornelius, Markham Landscape Products in Denver, Mike’s Growers Outlet in Stanley, Martin Marietta-Denver Quarry and Cadieu Tree Experts in Charlotte.

The work included the installation of a walkway from the school to its playgrounds, the addition of fresh mulch to cover each of the three playgrounds and the trimming of bushes and painting of tables and benches in the school’s courtyard.

“We haven’t even been able to lay down fresh mulch in probably two years, so this is huge,” Cangero said. “The kids deserve a playground and the teacher’s deserve a place where they can take a few minutes and just come outside and sit.”

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