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Global Youth Service Day at Sarah T. Reed High School

April 3, 2012

By Tiffany Montano, Corps Member Proudly Serving at Sarah T. Reed High School

Every year, each team in the City Year network launches their own projects for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD).  At City Year New Orleans, the teams at Sarah T. Reed High and Sarah T. Reed Elementary will both have beautification projects at their schools.  GYSD at Sarah T. Reed High will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st.

Corps member Kati Johnson secured a grant from the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program to beautify Sarah T. Reed High School.  We will be painting six large scale murals inside of the school, building a new practice baseball field, and revitalizing the basketball courts.  Sarah T. Reed is also partnering with the local Lowe’s Home Improvement store for additional support.

The project at Sarah T. Reed High School will (so far) include 32 City Year Corps Members, 20 staff, 24 students and 10-20 external volunteers.

Here is how GYSD will play out at Sarah T. Reed High School:

Day 1 (April 20th, 9am-2pm) will include the basketball court restoration and baseball field construction.  We will have 20 City Year Baton Rouge corps members coming in to support our project, and the Sarah T. Reed Baseball Team will help as well.  Volunteers will be taping and painting basketball court lines, removing the rusty old backboards, and assembling and installing new backboards.  They will also clear sod from the baseball field, distribute and tamp clay, install bases, and build two butcher block benches.

Day 2 (April 21st, 8:30am-1pm) will include painting six large murals inside of Sarah T. Reed High School.  Volunteers will be treated to a light breakfast and coffee.  We will have 12 City Year Corps Members and 30 students and staff participating.  We will then assign volunteers to a pre-sketched 18 ft x 10 ft mural which they will paint.  Mural designs are being designed by students and local artists.

As you can see, this is a ton of work!  Where there is an untamed field of grass, we will build a baseball field.  Where there is a dilapidated slab of pavement and rust there will be a fully functional basketball court.  Where the hallways are bare – except for the graffiti peppered on the walls – we will paint six murals inspired by student artists and poets.

We are always accepting more external volunteers for our endeavors.  Global Youth Service Day at Sarah T. Reed High School is an excellent opportunity to serve the New Orleans East community – a community with much courage and solidarity through hardships.

If you would like more information, please contact me at Tmontano@cityyear.org.

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  1. April 3, 2012 11:14 pm

    DAT REED, DAT REED, DAT SARAH T. REED!!! A graffiti artist came to school today and taught the spray painting technique to our students who are helping us design the murals! It was awesome!

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