Since 2003, Gideon Kramer has taken personal responsibility for completely rehabilitating and maintaining a 400 ft length of planter beds along the Dolores St. side of Mission High School. Not only has he taken the initiative to rehab and maintain these gardens on a continual basis, but he also keeps the entire Dolores St. side of Mission High School, including sidewalks, curbs, street trees and treewells looking beautiful. What was once a totally neglected wasteland of dead and compacted soil, weeds, and trash is now a thriving garden that is a source of pride to Mission High School and the community rather than the embarrassment it once was. Gideon also built the required infrastructure (watering system, toolshed), and provided all the tools and plants. Over these 13 years, he has devoted nearly 4,000 hours of his time, getting neighbors, local businesses, and whenever possible, Mission High School students, involved in this “labor of love and community-building.”
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