Gracie Cheville, of Indian Creek Circles 4-H Club, wrote, submitted and has received two huge giving grants for her Community Leadership Spartan Garden 4-H Project at her school, Collins-Maxwell MS/HS, to refurbish and rebrand Parker Getter’s Living Memorial Courtyard into a Spartan Garden.


Her grant applications to DuPont Pioneer Giving Grants of $3,000 and Iowa State University 4-H Foundation board for $1,000 were approved.


Parker Getter taught and coached at Collins-Maxwell MS/HS up until his fatal car accident in 1997. This courtyard garden is located in front of the south entrance of high school. It has been neglected for many years and sits outside of our gym where students play sports, host assemblies, dances and welcome visitors.


Gracie and her Story County 4-H Club have completed the project by cleaning up and installing new perennial plants, mulch, tables, chairs; re-used current flagstone pavers to create a new patio area and walkway; replaced the water feature with an engraved rock of Collins-Maxwell MS/HS’s new school mascot, the Spartans, one new flagpole and Collins-Maxwell Spartan flag in courtyard and another flagpole and Collins-Maxwell Spartan flag on east side entrance of school. Students can now use this space to study in before and after school, socialize in, and also to eat their lunch in.


Gracie’s goal was to give new purpose to this courtyard and hope to see it thrive for years to come. She decided to do this community project because this is a new chapter in her school’s journey to becoming the Collins-Maxwell Spartans, and most importantly, to bring back school and community pride