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Mulch Sale A Big Success

Acknowledging community contributions.

Spring must be here—the Yoshino cherries and Bradford pears are flowering, daffodils are blooming and large white bags of mulch have appeared on driveways throughout our community!

s annual mulch sale and delivery event took place during March 25-27 throughout Clifton and Centreville. Benefits from this annual event will fund the Class of 2011’s All-Night Graduation Party, provided as a safe, drug-free, alcohol-free and incredibly fun celebration for graduating seniors to kick up their heels and celebrate their accomplishments.

This year the mulch sale exceeded expectations and was a tremendous success.  Nearly 500 community families placed orders, resulting in the delivery of over 13,000 bags—nearly 335 TONS—of premium shredded hardwood mulch (Aching arms and shoulders attested to this in ensuing days).

A dedicated team of over 350 students and parent volunteers worked throughout the weekend, including a cold and blustery Sunday morning when the Clifton/Centreville community woke up to a half-inch of newly fallen snow.

The CVHS community sends out a big “Thank You!” to our sponsors for providing us with much needed food donations for our volunteers. The following list of sponsors aided in this aspect of the weekend (a more detailed report and sponsor listing can be found at the CVHS PTSA web site):   

  • Giant Colonnade ($25 gift card)
  • BJs in Fair Lakes ($30 gift card)
  • Costco in Fairfax ($100 gift card)
  • in Centreville (25 free pizzas)
  • in Centreville (60 chicken wraps)
  • in Chantilly (60 burritos)
  • in Centreville (100 hot wings)
  • Manhattan Bagels in Clifton (50 bagels)
  • Mr. Islin at in Lorton (50 subs at cost). 

Dozens of parents supplemented these donations with drinks (four huge coolers’ worth) and food (seven pots of chili, among other goodies…perfect for the chilly weather).   

The mulch weekend fundraising effort was coordinated by tireless and enthusiastic CVHS volunteers. Congrats to Mulch Committee Co-Chairs Donna Carlson and Paris Marotta; Mrs. Pat Daily, Treasurer and Orders Chair; Mr. Pat Daily, Routes Coordinator; Andy Marotta and Peter Brown, Yard Masters (with zero incidents and the cleanest yard in CVHS history); Casmere Kistner, Publicity and Same Day Sales; Patti Kelly and Donna Lyons, Food Coordinators;  and Kris Reynolds and Laura Bell, Volunteer Coordinators.  

Special appreciation shout-outs go to Dave Riedel and Albert Luck, parents who volunteered the entire weekend and did every job imaginable. Also special recognition is due to Tom Meador, for driving one of the big trucks and loaning use of his pickup Saturday for same day mulch delivery, and to Ryan Carlson, Class of 2009, and his Sigma Nu Fraternity brothers from James Madison University, for volunteering their time to drive and deliver mulch on Saturday. 

Finally, thank you to PTSA President Debbie Kilpatrick and her team for help and support and to Principal Mike Campbell and the CVHS staff for their help coordinating the event, especially Tom Trapp, Security, for loaning construction cones, parking signs, and “Gator”—golf cart—to facilitate smooth “yard ops”!

Karen Fulkerson is the Centreville High School PTSA Publicity Chair

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