Through the City’s PARKnership program, ACDS students will help make improvements to Monticello Park, the park closest to their school. As part of its curriculum and service focus, students will inventory the tree and plant species, add educational signage regarding trees and birds, and make improvements to the picnic area. The project will be led by current ACDS teachers and students, and they have invited alumni, local birders, and the neighboring community to participate.
During the 2017-2018 school year, ACDS applied for a grant from The Community Matching Fund to embark on this project. Seventh grade students presented the project to the committee, with a supporting video made by the second grade. ACDS was selected and awarded $5,000. The school will raise an additional $4,000 and contribute at least 40 hours of volunteer time to complete the project during this school year.