Mount Tabor Middle School is a finalists in Umpqua Bank’s Hawthorne Build Your Block Challenge.
The winner of the challenge is awarded a $10,000 grant for their neighborhood project.
Each winter the front entrance to Mount Tabor Middle School become an unsightly and unsafe mud pit. Portland Nursery‘s experts have studied the issue and donated a design plan to construct a path leading from the front door to 58th street.
The Wall, which fashions paths and retaining walls from recycled materials, has offered to build the hardscape at a sizable discount; Por Que No is donating up to $500 from its March 30 sales to the project. The Build Your Block Challenge grant would put the project over the top, and construction could begin this summer in time for the 2011 school year.
The other challenge finalists:
Pocket Park and Garden on Main Street (between 35th and 36th)
Description: Umpqua will work with SE Uplift to create a lush 3,000 square foot pocket park full of native, medicinal and edible plants – where multi-generational community members and visitors can relax, take lunch, garden or play a friendly game of chess.
Harvest the Rain with Sunnyside Elementary
Description: Umpqua will work with the gardening and sustainability program at Sunnyside Elementary to create a rain harvesting demonstration project. This project will help water the gardens at Sunnyside with captured water and teach neighbors how to do the same.
Vote from now through April 15, 2011 for the project you think is most deserving of the $10,000 grant. Cast your ballot at the Umpqua Bank Hawthorne location (3557 SE Hawthorne Blvd). Visit the bank or the Facebook page for more information.