Fifty employees from Crown Castle www.crowncastle.com spent several hours in Jennie Drake Park on Wednesday, May 9th. The enthusiastic group removed sections of a fallen tree, built a path to one of the seating areas and planted wildflowers.
The volunteer effort was organized by John Ahern, volunteer coordinator for Park Pride. Helping John was Ellen Bruenderman, program assistant. The mission of Park Pride is “to engage communities to activate the power of parks.”
Thanks to Crown Castle Atlanta and team leaders: Elise Bennett, Gerald Evans, Bryan Jenkins, Eugene Miller, Millicent Norman, and Stanley Riley.
Also, thanks to our two City Council Members, Dustin Hillis, District 9, and Matt Westmoreland, Post 2 At Large, who stopped by and took a walk through Jennie Drake Park.
On October 1, the Scotties Alumni of Agnes Scott College, partnering with the Collier Heights Association for Revitalization, Resilience, and Sustainability, worked in the Park as part of their Give Back Service Project. They weeded, removed invasive species, and picked up trash.
The July and August work session were spent clearing invasive plants, spreading the remaining crush-and-run walking trail material, planting flowers, and picking up trash.
Volunteers for July were: Michael Drake, Pauline Drake, Gerald Evans, Bryan Jenkins, Leola McKinney, Natasha Nichols-Freeman, Millicent Drake Norman, Isaac Robinson, and Annette Smith.
August student volunteers were: Malik Norman from Best Academy; Isaac Robinson and Calieb Young from Kipp Atlanta; Mohammed Hashim, Naggee Norman, Khyron Perkins, and Brooklyn Tucker from North Atlanta; Hassan Hashim from Sutton Middle School; and Rahsaan Norman from Wesley International Academy. Other volunteers were Sarah Abdalla, Michael Drake, Pauline Drake, Jim Gantner, Miriam James Miller, Joseph Mitchell, Ben Norman, Millicent Drake Norman, and Kymberli Warner.
Atlanta Fire Rescue Station 38 joined us for our monthly work session in the Park. Firefighters were Captain Arzell Bostick II, Lt. Guillermo Escobar, Christopher Roac, David Scalf, Sgt. Kent Thornton, and Sgt. Eldon L. Hughlon.
Other volunteers: Sarah Abdulla, Barbara Battle, Elise Bennett, M.B. Drake, Pauline Drake, Bryan Jenkins, Miriam A. James-Miller, Leola McKinney, Eugene Miller, Isaac Robinson, LaMarr Robinson, and Phyllis Wiggins.
On May 21st, volunteers from North Atlanta High School, Friendship Baptist Church, and the Collier Heights neighborhood worked in the Park.
On April 23rd, members of the Buckhead Church in Atlanta worked at Jennie Drake Park as part of their annual city-wide singles service day called do.justice. They painted benches, cleaned up trash, and spread mulch. Thanks to all do.justice members who helped us on Saturday.
Photos by Bryan Jenkins
We had a very productive work session on February 20th. Students from North Atlanta High School: Kan’Niya Beard, Kiara Burke, Abel Z Getachew, Talena Lewis, Tony Lewis, and Victor Quinn. Students from other schools: Isaac Robinson, Italo Jenkins, Malik Norman, and Rahsaan Norman.
Adults: Elise Bennett, Michael Drake, Pauline Drake, Jim Gantner, Bryan Jenkins, Tracy Johnson, Joseph Mitchell, Ben Jamin Norman, Millicent Norman, Ricky Saxton, Kymberli Warner, and Soni Williams.