Students arrived at Stone Mountain High School at 8 am to assist in the first phase of DeKalb Kids Project, Inc., Project Health: Breaking Ground. Project Health Breaking Ground is a collaborative effort between our organization and Stone Mountain High School towards the building of an outdoor classroom and community garden. Students were challenged on the process of learning and applying basic instruction, listening to meet goals, and learning to incorporate teamwork to help facilitate the vision of Project Health. Applied life skills included learning and mastering basic concepts of the woodwork, carpentry, gardening, and landscaping.
Students were greatly impacted as they each took ownership of their tasks, leading their peers, and viewing the final product. Many of the students learned to use household tools such as a hammer, shovel, drill, and pickax. Specific processes included the mixing and laying of concrete, constructing a fence from beginning to end, building raised beds, laying the foundation for mulch and soil, planting seeds, repotting flowers, and general concepts of gardening for each item planted.
Some educational concepts applied during the project consisted of Geometry, Physics, Calculus, Environmental Science, and Psychology to name a few. More than 50 volunteers worked together from Stone Mountain High School, including faculty, staff, students, and residents from the community to accomplish the vision. DKP would like to highlight our very on Kenneth Cowser of Quality Precision Concepts for leading the carpentry aspect of Project Health: Breaking Ground! We would also like to thank our Founders, Diijon DaCosta, Tiijon DaCosta, and Dawit Willis for all of their hard work in creating a sustainable organization used to empower the homes, community, and schools to directly impact the youth.