John F. Kennedy Elementary Among Those Lauded for Conservation Efforts

The General Federation Women’s Club of Indio will be designating the newly designed front entry area of John F. Kennedy Elementary School as their Yard of the Month on Friday, Nov. 6 at 9 a.m. as part of a conservation effort celebration.

The Yard of the Month award includes a front yard sign to showcase the beautiful landscape, a certificate from Indio Water Authority, tickets to the Coachella Valley History Museum, and an Indio Water Authority water conservation kit. In December, the Eisenhower Community Learning Center will be named the Yard of the Month. A date for that presentation has yet to be determined.

In addition to the appeal of the landscape at the schools, the designation comes as part of a school district effort to remove grass and replace it with the more ecologically sound decomposed granite.

“We are so excited to have lowered our irrigation water usage.”  Enrique Leon, DSUSD’s grounds manager, said in a prepared statement.

Jasmin Mejia of Indio Water Authority said that a total of 14 schools participated in the rebate program, updating their irrigation systems. Three DSUSD properties also did a turf conversion.

John F. Kennedy school removed a total of 8,410.48 square feet of turf and was issued a turf conversion rebate for $25,231.00; the Eisenhower Community Learning Center removed a total of 9,630.72 square feet of turf and was issued a turf conversion rebate for $28,892.00; Herbert Hoover Elementary School removed a total of 4,080 square feet of turf and was issued a turf conversion rebate for $12,240.00.

Information on the conversion program is available by clicking here,