Volunteers and Central Pacific Bank employees hoped this would be about the time they'd see their hard work at Ilima Intermediate School starting to pay off.
But three weeks after cutting and planting and plugging, there's a problem. Someone's been stealing the grass plugs!
"We saw a couple people would come and pull the plugs and throw it and then we noticed they weren't just pulling out the plugs and throwing it somewhere. They were pulling the plugs and taking it with them and then we had bare spots," said Principal Jon Lee. "And the closer we looked this week, we noticed several patches, many under the trees that were unfortunately stolen."
You can see the pukas left behind where grass plugs once were planted. They even got away with several croton plants. Students are disappointed.
"I was kind of mad because we took our time just to do it and the fact that they took it is kind of disappointing," said eighth-grader Korey Dodd.
Dodd and Laila Valdez were among the students volunteering their Saturday with CPB employees.
"Because we're trying to make our school look beautiful," said Dodd.
"I thought why do you steal grass? You can plant your own grass and buy it at the store," said Valdez. "It's kind of rude to be stealing from a school."
Lee says they plan to replace the stolen plugs, but they are asking the community to help them by being vigilant.
"We have a very busy Fort Weaver Road, so you know all hours of the night we have people passing by and if you notice anything suspicious definitely call 911 and report that," said Lee. "Because it's a school and we service their community."