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Seven schools in Academy District (ASD20) are looking sharper than ever after volunteers spent a weekend beautifying their sites. Every year, CityServe Day is hosted by School Connect COS, a local organization. They encourage community members to spend a weekend improving their community, including school sites in their area.

Projects included painting hallways and bathrooms, landscape work, pulling weeds and writing thank-you notes to teachers.

At Antelope Trails Elementary School, volunteers painted two sheds, worked in their community garden to clean up weeds and prepare garden beds for the winter.

“Without these volunteers, the exterior grounds at ATES would never look as sharp as it does,” Laura Cresap, ATES principal said. “Having these volunteers is such a blessing! I don’t know what I would do without them.”

At Air Academy High School, volunteers repainted staff bathrooms and wrote thank-you notes for the staff members, so they could be welcomed with reminders of gratefulness.

Other projects prepared school landscapes for winter weather. At Challenger Middle School, Edith Wolford, Rockrimmon and Frontier Elementary Schools, volunteers pulled weeds, fluffed mulch, and picked up nearby trash.

At Explorer Elementary School, community members dedicated their time to organizing and filling gift bags for staff and students. They hope their notes of appreciation bring a smile to a stranger’s face.

“We have participated in City Serve projects for the last 5 years,” Kristin Driver, principal at Explorer Elementary School explained. “We love our volunteers and the time they give to encourage and support our teachers and students.”