Written by Janae Babineaux, proud AmeriCorps member serving on the Albemarle Foundation team at Merrydale Elementary School.

In early April, students across East Baton Rouge parish enjoyed their school-free, candy-filled Spring Break week. For City Year Baton Rouge, that meant an entire week of service in the community. 

Before and after: The basketball court at Merrydale gets an upgrade.

We began on Good Friday at Merrydale Elementary where corps members participated in a number of beautification projects during the first half of the day, and an array of fun activities in the afternoon. Touch-ups on the basketball court, school benches, garden area, and other spots around Merrydale left the school with a fresh look.

Namaste: Pre-Week yoga

After lunch, corps members had the opportunity to participate in a yoga session led by CYBR corps member, Maya Curtis. Following yoga we closed out the day with an intense tournament of Capture the Flag.

The following week, we began at Broadmoor Middle where we spent the day painting touch-ups around campus, inspirational phrases on benches, murals, and other clean-up projects.

AmeriCorps member Devon Miles poses with her handywork.

AmeriCorps member Lauren Betik shows off her crafty bench.

CM Ryan Whiting loves the new upgrades to the basketball court.

The service day was a slam-dunk! Corps members put up new basketball nets and were excited for students to make their way back to school to see the updates!

On Wednesday, corps members were treated to a BREC fun day! The morning was filled with games, land boarding, Dance Dance Revolution, and much more! We closed the week off with our monthly Professional Development and Leadership Development Days. It was a week spent making better happen and making incredible memories and sustainable changes to our schools and the communities we serve.

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