Four primary schools cool off thanks to community volunteers
By Julie Slama | [email protected]
Approximately 100 community volunteers were matched with four schools in the Canyons School District on projects ranging from beautifying school yards and gardens to painting murals as part of the annual Day of Caring. of United Way of Salt Lake.
Community members were among 1,000 volunteers from more than 30 companies who provided services Sept. 9 to schools and nonprofit organizations, according to the United Way of Salt Lake website.
A remarkable project took place in East Midvale as volunteers from Jacobsen Construction came to not only paint the school’s gaga ball playgrounds, but also to paint a mural outside the school. They also worked on a kiosk to display information about the school and tidied the school garden.
“It’s a mural to light up our school and make it more welcoming,” said Shelley McCall, facilitator at East Midvale Elementary Community School. “As a community school, we are the hub of our community; we want to welcome our community and provide them with resources.
The mural is intentionally simplistic, McCall said. It shows a reflection of the mountains with a soaring eagle, linked to the school mascot.
Sandy Elementary also had a 12 foot by 11 foot mural painted, but it is located indoors in the school library. The mural was created by local artist Brandon Buck. Volunteers helped paint the mural of children climbing and sitting in a tree under the words “We grow together”.
“It ties into our theme of inclusion and what brings us together,” Isa Connelly, animator at Sandy Elementary Community School, said before it was painted. “We will also be asking our fifth graders to add their handprints to it. We want our fifth graders to be proud and owners of their school and it will be fun for them to see when they come back when they are older.
Williams Company volunteers also helped assemble two gaga ball courts at the Sandy Elementary playground, which came as a surprise to the school children.
At Midvale Elementary, Mark Miller Subaru volunteers helped transform the school’s community garden into a Garden of Kindness, which will include buddy benches and a small free library that will encourage book exchanges.
“We found that our community garden was closed during the summer, which made gardening difficult,” said Heidi Sanger, facilitator at Midvale Elementary Community School. “In this way, we can promote kindness and friendship as well as literacy throughout the year. It will also be an ideal space for students to find a quiet and peaceful place on the playground.
Volunteers also restocked student emergency kits at Midvale Elementary School as well as Copperview Elementary School.
CHG volunteers in Copperview also cleaned up the community garden and school grounds as well as the faculty lounge with new devices and a chair with a massager, said Jenna Landward, community school facilitator. Copperview Elementary.