It’s the stuff of nightmares for just about every school-aged kid. Yet on a Saturday this April, Boston Public School students, City Year AmeriCorps members, and employees of team sponsor Advent International all came together to beautify the Condon K-6 School in South Boston. The day started early, with AmeriCorps members getting to the school around 7:00am to finalize preparations that had been started earlier in the week:
The day’s work was varied: We brightened up the school’s walls.
We created panels with inspirational quotes to be hung up around the school.
Some volunteers even spent time creating kits for students to use on their upcoming assessments!
Volunteers were in no short supply and we found that some of the hardest workers came in the smallest packages.
It was certainly a full day. Part of the mindset of these physical service days is a firm belief that the spaces where learning takes place are just as important as the people that fill them. Bright surroundings beget bright ideas and at the end of the day I could not wait to see how my students react to their newly painted school. When they filed in on Monday to get their breakfast from the cafeteria, every student was gazing at the new, bright walls and commenting about the new look.