Written by Mallory Orr, AmeriCorps member serving on the Entergy Louisiana team at Broadmoor Middle School.

In addition to working in classrooms, City Year AmeriCorps Members also get the chance to beautify the campuses and communities we serve. From painting new hopscotch games at elementary schools, to decorating benches with motivating words, or even painting whole murals in the community, AmeriCorps members are able to take pride in the place they serve while inspiring pride in the people they serve.

Beautifying the campuses of the schools we serve makes recess more fun and learning more colorful for our students. At Broadmoor Middle School, the sign in the front of the school was showing years of wear and tear, so City Year, the Broadmoor Student Council, and The Walls Project of Baton Rouge teamed up to bring the campus sign back to life.

The Walls project of Baton Rouge links professional artists with volunteers to beautify walls around the city that are in need of a little love.

An artist from The Walls project came to Broadmoor this past Friday and drew up a new Broadmoor sign highlighting the school’s mascot, The Buccaneer. Later, Student Council members along with City Year Corps Members came to paint the mural. After a school day’s worth of paint and hard work, Broadmoor Middle had a brand new sign.

Not only did the mural give Student Council the chance to put their art skills to work, it more importantly gave them the chance to make a tangible, visible difference at their school.

City Year Corps Members were able to guide the Student Council, and are glad to know the Broadmoor sign will serve students long after this year’s group of AmeriCorps members is gone.

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