On February 28th, 100 Students from The University of Alabama, Stillman College and University of West Alabama attended Hands on Tuscaloosa day. Two of our Al's Pals sites benefited from it: Central Elementary and Maxwell Elementary.
We have been trying to build an outdoor schoolhouse at Central Elementary school since August and we finally finished it during Hands on Tuscaloosa! The volunteers did two types of jobs during the day: landscaping with mulch, rocks, and filler dirt and painting planks with animated characters which were used as the classroom "walls." We were very proud as to finish the project just in time for spring and the children to enjoy the classroom with the great weather.
At Maxwell Elementary, volunteers helped with landscaping outside, doing paint touch ups and animation in bathrooms, and window cleaning. Although the Maxwell project wasn't as "glamorous," the students and school benefited just as much. We have also been volunteering with Maxwell Elementary since August - repainting the interior of the school by creating murals in the cafeteria, hallway, and bathrooms. Now the school is filled with colors and happiness everywhere.
Both projects have been a work in progress since the beginning of the school year. Al's Pals and the CSSV are extremely thankful to the hundreds of volunteers who have helped to improve and add some color to our Tuscaloosa elementary schools. We couldn't do everything we do at Al's Pals without our dedicated volunteers. Thank you so much for all who have served!