Courting a happy ending

But as the school year drew to a close, there was still no gravel, no amphitheater and no benches. The branches of the tree hung low. Crisorio had a plan.

"Our training fund where I work donated the concrete and my time," said Crisorio.

With the help of his company, Crisorio built two mini concrete paths at both entranceways to the courtyard, made of concrete and resembling a red brick road.

"We actually poured two concrete stamp pathways," said Crisorio. "They're textured. Which makes it look like stone or bricks. It's beautiful."

The project, with the help of his brother and friend, Anthony Fresina, took about two weeks.

Dollard said the cost of implementing all of the plans for the courtyard is expected to be about $10,000.

Although the kids will not be using the courtyard over the summer, it will be occupied by another friend of the school.

"We have a duck," said Dollard, pointing to the lair the mama duck has created. Dollard said she flew into the school's courtyard early last month and is sitting on her eggs, patiently waiting for them to hatch.

And in the fall, the courtyard will be enjoyed by all, students and ducklings, happily ever after.


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