Our Lion and Leo clubs work to improve their communities in 206 countries and geographic areas around the world. The Downtown Long Beach Lions Club partnered with community organizations, school officials, teachers, parents and students revamp a local middle school, while developing pride and a sense of ownership among the students.
In front of Hamilton Middle School were tufts of grass, packed dirt and two sad trees. With a matching grant from the City of Long Beach, the Lions set to work landscaping the area. Seven groups of students, ranging in age from 6 to 15, decorated 160 stepping stones.L ions installed the stepping stones and other landscaping enhancements with students and neighborhood volunteers. So far, more than 320 people have pitched in to make the school a better place.
Lion Hilda Gaytan, the committee chairperson for the project, said it’s been a rewarding task. “These kids all possess big hearts. It was amazing to see them working for three to four hours doing hard labor. The best thing was listening to their cheering for their school after feeling tired.”
In this video, you’ll see the stepping stones the kids created and part of the landscaping process.