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Lori Gaiotti's Card My Yard business brings cheerful yard signs celebrating return to in-person learning

Carding the yard with back-to-school cheer

As second and third graders arrived at Westridge Elementary School for their first day of in-person learning all year, they were greeted by teachers, staff and a display of colorful yard signs.

Lori Gaiotti, a parent of a third grader at Westridge, started her Card My Yard franchise business this year.

"One of the things I had in mind was I just wanted to give back to the community," Gaiotti said.

One of the first things she did once her business was up and running was tell Westridge Principal Kari Montgomery about it. The two started making plans for Gaiotti to decorate the yard at Westridge for the first day of school.

(It's) just to bring some happiness because it's been a really tough year," she said.

Gaiotti said word traveled fast around town and principals at other schools began contacting her about yard signs as well.

Gaiotti said when designing the displays, her goal is to make them colorful and include characters or objects that resonate with the age group of the kids. She said kindergarten and first grade signs included "Frozen" characters and Mickey Mouse while signs for older kids featured video game controllers and dabbing unicorns.

For the last phase-in of elementary students on Friday, March 5, Gaiotti decorated the yards of all six district elementary schools.

"I've been getting up before dark to do it, and I don't mind at all," Gaiotti said.

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