Maplewood Celebrates 65th anniversary

By Maplewood PTA
Cross-posted from the Flea newsletter

Maplewood Elementary is turning 65, and is celebrating with a new piece of public art, some fresh landscaping, and a commemorative illustration of the school. Chris Levack, who created the Rocket Ship and Pollen Grain at Mueller and is the father of two Maplewood alumni, created Peace Sculpture (steel) and installed it at the entrance this summer. In September the school celebrated it’s anniversary and the new sculpture with a morning birthday party attended by members of the AISD board, several media outlets, and many neighbors and alumni. The sculpture was donated by Nicolas Colimon, Mustang Class of 2017.

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More changes were implemented to the school’s exterior in October. Through a partnership with the nonprofit Austin Partners in Education, the Austin office of Ernst & Young LLC gave Maplewood a $2,000 grant and held a volunteer work day to install new landscaping at the school entrances. Urban Patchwork created a landscaping plan, Keep Austin Beautiful loaned us tools, and Organics by Gosh donated mulch and compost. Eighty volunteers worked a half day at the school on October 6, transforming the exteriors facing Maplewood Ave. and Ashwood Rd. Stop by and check out our new look!

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Ernst & Young volunteer day, October 2017. Photo by J. Potter-Miller/Maplewood PTA

The PTA commissioned an illustration of the school by East Austin artist Caitlin Alexander, and is selling them for $20 to raise funds for programming. To buy yours email .

Maplewood illustration by Caitlin Alexander 2017

Illustration by Caitlin Alexander

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