IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO BE A COMMUNITY (Excerpt from the annual newsletter)
It has been said that “It takes a Village” and that is certainly true when it comes to the Green Mountain Estates community. Over the years many people and groups of people have united together to improve the quality of life on Green Mountain.
The GMCA has been involved in one way or another bringing people, business, schools and churches together to benefit the community. There have been many visionaries bringing ideas to the table however probably none as visible as Reg Cox, pastor of Lakewood Church of Christ. He saw a need and his action led to the Field of Dreams project at Foothills Elementary School. His actions also led to the implementation of the Whiz Kids tutoring program at Foothills Elementary. The Whiz Kids program along with the leadership of Foothills principal Josh Shapiro and his staff allowed the school to raise its test scores soaring to the highest in many years at Foothills. The Field of Dreams project included a Community Garden which was opened this year.
Our community filled sixteen of the twenty two garden plots that were available. Foothills students used the other six plots for each grade level to use as a classroom for educational purposes. A garden club was started for the summer with forty students participating. Both the Field of Dreams and the Community Garden would not have been possible without grants from the City of Lakewood and donations from businesses and individuals in our neighborhood.
The dues GMCA collects from its members, donations from the business community and grants from the City of Lakewood have been able to fund a new playground at Foothills Park, the addition of Mountainside Park and entrance signs for the north and south entrances into Green Mountain Estates. They also provide meals and gifts for families in need each Christmas.
There are many more accomplishments and contributions being made in our community. All thanks to you, our businesses, our churches, our city and our schools. So, you see “It does take a Village.”
Our village needs to grow! We have 1,100 homes in Green Mountain Estates. Last year we had 388 paying members. Our goal this year is to have 500. GMCA needs more volunteers to help with all we do! Can we count on you to help in some way?
Sincerely, Diane Rhodus, President GMCA
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