Jordan Middle School volunteers were up early Saturday morning building tables and benches or setting plants in neat rows for the Betty Steinkolk Literacy Patio and Garden, dedicated to the beloved former principal who died in 2009.
The 3 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony was the culmination of a yearlong partnership between the Burbank Business Partners, Burbank Assn. of Realtors Community Service Foundation and the Burbank Noon Rotary Club, said Sue Georgino, board member of the Business Partners.
Georgino has partnered with Jordan, and more than a year ago, she toured the school with Principal Stacy Cashman, who outlined her to-do list. Cashman said the patio was a priority because the teachers needed a place to relax, and because it joins the teachers lounge and library, the students can also enjoy the space. On a tip from her husband, Vic Georgino, Sue brought together the Noon Rotary and Realtors foundation.
Having the two organizations do something good for a Burbank school was a great thing, said Jonathan Taylor, immediate past president of Noon Rotary.