Barkley garden to receive improvements thanks to former PTO president

June 15, 2017

The courtyard garden at Barkley Elementary is changing for the better after receiving a $500 grant from former PTO President and current substitute teacher Vanessa Lydick.

Lydick works at the Target distribution center in Amsterdam, where they hold an annual competition for employees to see who can volunteer the most hours.

In May, Lydick learned she had been this year’s winner of the $500 grant. Lydick averaged about 40-50 volunteer hours per month.

“I walked into work and everyone was congratulating me,” Lydick said. “I said ‘for what?’ and that’s when I found out I was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Volunteer for our building.”

The distribution center has a goal of 1,000 hours total for all employees.

Although her son does not attend Barkley anymore, she decided to give the money to the school because it’s a place that means so much to her.

“I just feel like this is my home, this is my family,” Lydick said. “I didn’t think of anywhere else.”

The money will go towards improving the courtyard area, where the younger students will be able to go and play. The school will also purchase new toys for the students, as well as seeding.

“I think it’s great that the school chose to use the money for that area,” Lydick said. “It’s been a plan to improve that area for years.”

Thank you, Miss Vanessa, for helping make our school a great place to be!