Volunteers brighten Westminster school

Staff Report
Posted 8/6/18

Volunteers from Lowes Home Improvement stores north of Westminster converged on Mesa Elementary School August 3 to add some landscaping, a bit of paint and generally brighten things up. Classes at …

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Volunteers brighten Westminster school

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Volunteers from Lowes Home Improvement stores north of Westminster converged on Mesa Elementary School August 3 to add some landscaping, a bit of paint and generally brighten things up.

Classes at for Mesa Elementary students and all Westminster Public School students begin Aug. 15.

More than 60 volunteers from eight Lowes stores — including stores in Westminster, Louisville, Longmont and Fort Collins — came to the school to work for the day. Some gave the individual classroom doors and walls a fresh coat of paint while others decorated the playground in the back with bright colors. Another group assembled wooden planters around the front while others landscaped around the building’s exterior.

District spokesman Steve Saunders said this is the second year that volunteers have worked with Rebuilding Together of Metro Denver to clean up a Westminster school. The Lowes stores sponsored the cleanup and it was organized and managed by Rebuilding Together, a national group that uses volunteers to help revitalize communities and neighborhoods.

It’s a bonus for a school district that focuses its resources on safety, leaving fewer dollars for paint and landscaping.

“We have to prioritize our work and how we spend our money, and for outside groups to come in and donate their skills and materials to improve our schools is extraordinary,” Superintendent Pamela Swanson said in a written statement. “This kind of volunteer effort sends such an important message to our students about what can happen when we all pull together. It will also ensure that the outside of Mesa reflects the quality instruction and care that we offer inside the building.”

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