The Home Depot Foundation’s Team Depot recently built a 53’ by 53’ garden area to Compton Early College High School. In a ceremony attended by more than 100 Team Depot volunteers, CUSD Board Members, CUSD Superintendent Darin Brawley, school staff, and students, the garden was dedicated and opened to the school.
The Home Depot Foundation donated $40,000 for the project and Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate volunteer force, joined Compton Early College High School students to complete the various outdoor projects around the garden, including building a pergola with a concrete floor, assembling planters with a variety of plants, and more.
The project included 4,000 square feet of sod, 100 cubic feet of stone, and 350+ cacti and succulents. In addition, the group painted planter beds, refreshed soil, and installed new a variety of new plants and herbs. The beautification project is ready to provide shade and a calming, natural area for students as they head back to school.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees for the Compton Unified School District, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to The Home Depot for their generous donation of $40,000,” said CUSD Board President Denzell Perry. “This generous contribution will make a tremendous difference to our Early College Gardening Project. The Home Depot’s commitment to cultivating education and fostering a love for nature within our community is truly commendable.
“We are incredibly thankful for your support, and we’re eager to see the impact that this project will have on our students and our community. Together, we are planting the seeds for a more sustainable and educated future. Thank you, The Home Depot, for empowering our district, our students, and our future.”
According to an official from The Home Depot, this was one of the largest grants awarded in the Western region to date. The Team Depot volunteers were employees from various local The Home Depot stores including Compton, Paramount, Gardena, Torrance, and Hawthorne. Some were even Compton residents and former CUSD students. In fact, one The Home Depot employee, Keishon White, was part of Compton Early College High School’s first graduating class, and recently graduated from UCLA.