Making a Difference - August's School Renovation Volunteer Project
Monday, August 10, 2015
Posted by: Heather Otten
On Saturday, August 1, 2015, over 50 volunteers from Forum 35 and Corporate Member Hannis T. Bourgeois spent the day renovating Villa Del Rey Elementary School in East Baton Rouge Parish. Forum 35's hard work helped make Villa Del Rey a much improved and welcoming environment for the students who started school just this past week.
For the second year in a row, Forum 35's Service Committee, this time alongside our Public Education Project Committee, has dedicated one of its' service opportunities to renovating a school. With a goal of enhancing the physical surroundings of the chosen school in the East Baton Rouge School System, Forum 35 members hope that the renovations provide scholars with an upgraded, organized and well-kept learning environment in which students can be proud of and inspired by. All schools within the EBR Parish School System were eligible to apply for the school renovations.
The tasks completed at Villa Del Rey iincluded:
1) Raking and cleaning up both in front of the building and the back courtyard
2) Scraping and painting the interior classroom doors
3) Planting beautiful arrangements of plants/shrubs both in the front and back of the school
4) Adding topsoil and mulch to the landscaping
5) Painting the many structural poles around the building
6) Sanding and sealing the old picnic tables
7) Building new picnic tables
8) Painting the curb and emergency area lines
9) Adorable painted paw-prints around the walkways
Hannis T. Bourgeois, Jimmy John's, Red Zeppelin, Cleggs Nursery and two anonymous donors who made the project a huge success.
Want to see pictures of the event? Visit our photo album here.