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National Make A Difference Day

October 25, 2011

On Saturday, October 22nd, City Year Baton Rouge and the Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance hosted National Make a Difference Day at Bernard Terrace Elementary School. Over 50 volunteers, MCRD members, and City Year staff and corps members joined together to paint both floors of the inside of the main building of the school.

The Monday before NMADD, corps members prepped the space by scraping and washing the walls at the school. On Saturday, the corps came early to finish the prep work before the volunteers arrived.

Corps members Brendan C. and Jordan R. welcomed volunteers and explained the history and significance of NMADD. Volunteers also got a taste of City Year’s Physical Training, or PT, by participating in a rousing round of chain breakers with the PT crew. After the ceremony, volunteers and corps members reported to their respective places in the school where they began painting the walls and window trim in the hallways.

The entire downstairs, upstairs, stairwells, and playground were successfully painted with two coats of beautiful beige. The original tan and blue walls were cracked and peeling, and the stairwells looked ancient and worn down. From morning ‘til afternoon, volunteers and corps members were able to transform the school. We were so happy to have such enthusiastic and determined volunteers. The day was a success and the school truly looks amazing.

Carolyn Armgardt, Program Manager at Merrydale Elementary, thought the project went great, stating that, “The project was a huge success, and we were able to make a big impact in the school. We’re so grateful for MCRA and their help in planning this great event at Bernard Terrace.”

-Jordan C.

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