SOUTH HAVEN — When South Haven Public Schools completed $36.7 million worth of improvements to school buildings last year, a group of citizens thought the project wouldn’t be complete without some icing on the cake, so to speak.

They have started South Haven Project CURB (Community Uplifting, Revitalizing and Beautifying our schools), an organization dedicated to creating and maintaining outdoor aesthetics of the school buildings.

“In the last five years our schools have undergone major transportations,” said Project CURB co-founder Robyn Henrickson, referring to the bond issue that voters approved to fund district renovations. “Our students are now more equipped for success than ever before as the district has launched competitive curriculum, acquired the latest technology, created superior learning environments and expanded honors and AP classes, academically talented programs, career ready pathways and duel enrollment classes. We want to help keep this momentum going. What better way to broadcast these achievements than to have our schools beam on the outside as much as they shine on the inside?”

District officials and staff agreed and met with the group to determine what types of beautification projects to pursue.

Project CURB’s first project will take shape this spring at Lincoln Elementary School, where landscaping will be added to the entrance of the building and the school’s main outdoor sign.

“Coastal Outdoor Living partnered with Project CURB and came up with the designs and will install the landscaping,” Henrickson said.

The Lincoln project will be paid for by Henrickson, her husband, Kyle, and Suzanne and Nick Loafman, the founders of Project CURB.

They and other members of the newly formed non-profit organization hope the Lincoln School project will generate more financial backing from the community.

“We have been working with South Haven Public Schools and already reached out to South Haven Area Recreation Authority and other community groups that have similar goals to collaborate,” Henrickson said. “We are actively seeking parents or community members who would like to get involved.”

Project CURB hopes to complete two beautification projects each year, in addition to organizing school campus cleanups and maintenance events.

“We’d like to target the high school for our next project and are planning to begin coordinating with staff there soon,” Henrickson said.

Donations to Project CURB can be mailed to South Haven Project CURB P.O. Box 131 South Haven, MI 49090. For more information, visit the Facebook site, SHprojectCURB or send an email to