After the High Point Elementary PTA in Sandy Springs put out a call for volunteers to pitch in with a bit of landscaping and cleanup during “Hands On High Point” day, Justin McCurdy took a look at one muddy spot in front of the school and decided it needed more than a bit of mulch and a couple of new plantings.

So he and his dad chipped in a couple of days’ work to build a 10-by-12-foot deck and create a new outdoor space for the students.

“We have an older building and to have a space like this the students can use… This is huge,” Principal Carrie Pitchford said.

McCurdy, who’s 36 now, attended High Point himself as a boy and said he hopes his kids go there when they’re old enough. He said he volunteered at the school because he was “just trying to help out the community. Having kids of my own, I was just trying to give them a nicer place.”

It seems to have worked. One recent afternoon, 11-year-old Ivey Boyd took a look at the deck, nodded, and said, “It’s a cute little area.”

Justin McCurdy, center, joined a group of High Point Elementary students on the new deck he and his dad built for the school. Left to right, the students are Khana Cooper, 5, Samuel Cooper, 8, Ivey Boyd, 11, McCurdy, Eden Boyd, 9 (in tree), Tatum Boyd, 6, and Zahria Whittington, 8.

Joe Earle

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