In May 2017, Daily Acts partnered with Crossroads Community Day School and the City of Petaluma to create a pollinator habitat and rain garden on the Crossroads school campus, located at 700 Bantam Way. Crossroads is an alternative junior high for disadvantaged students who need more support than a traditional school can provide, and is located within but separate from Petaluma Junior High. The project was initiated by Karen Kessaru, a teacher at the school and brought to our attention by Katelynn Wiley at Friends of the Petaluma River.
Daily Acts worked with a group of 30 students and two teachers over the course of five half-days to transform their sloped courtyard from a weedy, unused space into a colorful water-wise pollinator garden. A rain garden was also built to infiltrate rainwater from two downspouts and prevent ponding next to the building at the bottom of the slope. Daily Acts provided a design as well as training, tools, and leadership for the students as they edged, dug the rain garden, sheet mulched, and ultimately planted their new garden. Mrs. Kessaru had support from the Petaluma Garden Club to fund and install a drip irrigation system at the completion of the project. She has also received a grant to complete a similar transformation on the other half of the courtyard, and wants to work with Daily Acts again for the continuation of this project.