Vogel Bros. Building Co. in Lakeland, FL was proud to partner with other area companies on behalf of the Achievement Academy for a community service work day. The project team provided a new drainage system for the Achievement Academy. Flow from the rain gutters needed to be diverted away from an area where a memorial garden is planned. It was with energy and enthusiasm that the Vogel Bros. team members shared their experience and abilities with the Achievement Academy, even when discovering challenges in the field while addressing the drainage issues.

“You guys really rose to the occasion in meeting – and exceeding – all of our expectations each and every step along the way,” stated John Burton, Executive Director of the Achievement Academy. “Please accept our heart-felt thanks for a job well done. Thank you!”

The Achievement Academy has served children with developmental delays and disabilities for more than 60 years. They are a non-profit United Way agency and fully accredited public Charter School serving children from birth to age 6 with comprehensive early intervention programs. The drainage project was the first step in rehabilitating the area between two buildings on the campus. Next step will be to level the area so that commemorative bricks can be placed, followed by benches, potted plants and flowers to beautify the area. Previously, this space was underutilized by the students and their family members due to the uneven soil and interspaced, raised ceramic tiles – obstacles that prevented many students (especially those confined to wheelchairs) from enjoying the space. The efforts of Vogel Bros. and other area partners to assist with this project will have a huge impact on the campus and the enjoyment of the students.