What’s the worst part of painting — taping or cleaning brushes? Volunteers from The Courageous Church did these unpopular tasks and more on July 14-15 when they updated the library and closets in the hallways of Bowerman Elementary.
Approximately 25 volunteers replaced drab white with cool blue in a room that’s not only a place to read but a place to make things. Principal Angela Valchev says the library also serves as a community gathering space so it’s important for the room to be welcoming.
Another 15 volunteers stormed the hallways. The nooks where students hang their backpacks and coats were covered in dark, primary colors. Some nooks required three and four coats but now all the closets look classy in a creamy yellow. The color complements the stone walls of the century-old building in Woodland Heights.
The transformation awaits the 300 students who will return to school on August 16.
This partnership with the faith community, Springfield Public Schools and Habitat for Humanity is a perfect example of Neighborhood Revitalization (NR). NR works to improve the quality of life for residents in a community through goals, planning and partners.
Habitat is able to impact more people by doing NR projects. In this case we painted a school instead of a house and provided a fresh start for staff and students at Bowerman Elementary.
You can help transform Woodland Heights into a neighborhood where people want to live, work and play. Contact Melissa Adler, Community Outreach Development Associate 417-829-4001 x 116, to find out more about Neighborhood Revitalization.