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Student volunteers help paint a school

Student volunteers painted inside Katharine B. Richardson Elementary School last Friday for Service Friday. There were eight rooms within the school on the list for painting needs, and 30 student volunteers signed up to attend.

Although only 19 volunteers showed up, they still made quite an impact from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Angie Nabors, part of the Professional Development Staff in the Kansas City Public Schools, directed the student volunteers and split them up among the rooms that needed attention.

Each room had a different number of volunteers and a different job to be done. Eva Dalvai and Laura Bouet, two members of the tennis team, worked on a wall in the auditorium. Neha Husain, Khyber Zalmai, Aaron Strange and Bill Schittgens worked on the walls in room 201. Justin Davis, Jared Bell, Allison Hartzell and Breanna Kelley worked on the walls in room 207.

Kristin Spain, Graduate Assistant and Coordinator for Leadership and Service in the Office of Student Involvement, organized the event. Her goal is to provide a service project for students once a month. The last Service Friday was March 9, a day helping at Harvesters. Last Friday was the final Service Friday of the semester. The next event will be Roos Give Back the Saturday before fall classes start.

Spain said her goal is to stay within the Kansas City Public Schools for the Service Fridays. So when she was planning this one she called the district’s volunteer coordinator.

“She was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is great, because there’s a school that needs some painting done,’” Spain said. “They provide the paint and the brushes and we provide the people.”

Soda pop and water were provided for volunteers who arrived at the school at about 3 p.m. The bus picked them up at 4:30 to head back to UMKC.

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