Tokay High School's mold problem damaged the school's buildings so badly that Lodi Unified officials don't expect the clean up to be finished until June, nearly a year after the mold was initially discovered.
However, the buildings weren't the only thing the mold destroyed. The much-needed construction at the school damaged flower beds and other landscaping.
That's a problem that Tokay High students, administrators, teachers and school resource officers tried to fix on Saturday afternoon.
Sixty students gave up part of their weekend to help with the effort.
"The school needs to be beautiful. We need to have pride," said Shana Lopez, school resource officer at Tokay High.
Students voiced their concerns about the school's appearance at Tokay's SPIRIT retreat in December. SPIRIT stands for Student Problem Identification Resolving It Together.
Since then, the Tokay High community has been soliciting donations in order to plant a variety of plants and flowers at their school.
And Sheila Abdallah, conflict management teacher at Tokay, said the results have been amazing.
The school has received donations from Color Spot of Lodi, Weigum's Lodi Nursery, Orchard Supply Hardware, Plants & Produce, Hollandutch Nursery and Wal-Mart
- some offered plants and soil, others provided cash and gift certificates that Tokay used to purchase plants.
Abdallah requested that the flowers come in purple and gold, Tokay High's school colors.
Students placed the plants in the school's major raised flower beds, which had previously been repaired by the school's custodial staff.
Now that the flower beds are full of fresh plants, student clubs will have an opportunity to adopt and take care of them for the rest of the year.
"The response from the community has just been overwhelming," Abdallah said of the beautification effort.