Partners in Public Places

Chapman Schools, Operation Green Team, and the Land Trust 

We contribute money and materials to the student government trip to Washington DC when the Students and Teachers agree to go.  This opens a new world for the students.

Of course, any time we read a new world is opened to us.  The opportunity to serve weekly as a Reading Buddy at Chapman School is the Most Important project of all.   Neighbors give 30 minutes once a week to meet with one child, grade 1-3, to encourage the joy of reading.  Teachers may also ask the Reading Buddy to practice skills like sight words and comprehension. To participate, contact Pastor Michael Cassity of Jackson Way Baptist Church 256-539-5729.   Eventually we will find a way for neighbors to be a reading buddy at MLK and Montview Elementary Scools that are “feeder” schools to Chapman.



We are partners with The Green Team, the “special forces unit” of our city’s office of Landscape Management.   We adopted Philpot Park and Oak Park years ago and recently adopted Oakwood Avenue, between Andrew Jackson Way to Orba near Oak Park.  The city keeps us supplied with work gloves, trash bags, pick up sticks, and pats on the back as we pitch in to keep our city parks and streets clean. Vaughn Bocchino is our leader but anyone can call friends to do some picking up.

For vibrant beautification, the city Green team installed garden boxes at Oak Park.  Member Patricia Gill nurtures the herb and perennial garden for all to share. There is a food-garden site installed by the Green Team at Lewter Park too, but thats not “ours”.


Volunteers log in their valuable contribution of  time HERE.  

We are tickled pink when a neighbor or other group adopts a street  too. Free gloves and bags!  It doesn’t even have to be an entire mile…. And thanks so much, in advance.


logo-trail-care-partnerWe opened new trails on the mountain side adjacent to Oak Park baseball fields, and we continue to improve the trails.  The Land Trust calls our Trail Care Partner group the McLeod Masters.  (pronounced mick-loud). Scott Akridge leads this group.

Volunteers log in their valuable contribution of  time HERE.

Whether or not you walk on the trails, please join the Land Trust for member privileges.  Any amount of money goes to fund land acquisitions and to fund a tiny staff and keep trails open.  Happy people use the trails, making a happy city.  Of course, time is the most valuable resource; please join us on trail care days. Sign up for notices of each trail maintenance day.

Just  text ‘trail’ to the number 84483.