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MPS names Jeremy Spilsbury April Volunteer of the Month

Jeremy Spilsbury addresses the audience after being named Volunteer of the Month at the April 25 Mesa Public Schools Governing Board meeting. (Tim Hacker/Mesa Public Schools)

Thanks to Jeremy Spilsbury’s hard work as a volunteer, Mesa High School’s Garden of the B’s is a success. He was recognized at the April 25 Mesa Public Schools board meeting as Volunteer of the Month.

Unless you’ve personally attempted to dig a hole in hard caliche soil, you wouldn’t understand how valuable Spilsbury’s volunteer work was for the Garden of the B’s at Mesa High School.

The award-winning Garden of the B’s is a one-acre native Sonoran Desert garden on campus. It now has close to 500 native plants, with more than half of them directly connected to Spilsbury. An experienced arborist and dedicated Mesa High parent, Spilsbury didn’t hesitate to help when he learned about the garden.

Spilsbury dug more than 200 holes over the last two years, enabling the planting of shrubs, cacti and trees with relative ease. This is hard, physical work, and Spilsbury did it all with a smile on his face.

Thanks to Spilsbury, students, staff and visitors learn about the desert ecosystem in a beautiful outdoor setting. He’s given Mesa High a gift the whole community can be proud of.

Spilsbury received a certificate, tumbler, coaster, candy bouquet and copy of the tribute from Mesa Public Schools. He was also awarded a $50 Amazon gift card from the Mesa Foundation for Educational Excellence.

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