The story of how volunteers gave a pre-school an extra boost as it was reopening its doors after years.
To meet the rising demand of preschool needs in the area, Rising Stars Academy opened in summer 2016.
Leading up to the grand opening, the district had done a lot of work getting the classrooms ready for kids, but they didn’t the necessary time or resources to complete the finishing touches.
On October 12, Hands On Nashville and 35 volunteers spent the morning adding vibrancy to the outside of the school, which is surrounded by tall buildings, asphalt, and concrete due to its location downtown Cincinnati. During the service event, volunteers completed projects that brought nature, greenery, and beauty to the school.
Volunteers beautified the front entrance of the school by planting hearty perennial flowers and spreading mulch. In addition, the group upgraded the school’s playground by painting an educational alphabet mural on the pavement, and constructing 10 planter boxes filled with pansies and mums. Volunteers also created large-scale customized murals to decorate the school’s hallway with nature scenes.
As Principal Finney recalled, "We became ‘family’! Everyone's energy level was high and the momentum was everlasting. This was a project I will hold close to my heart. We will be forever grateful for the positive connections, time volunteered, unconditional love and the projects that we ABSOLUTELY ADORE!!! The volunteers helped bring the magic alive by leaving footprints of service, compassion, and love at Rising Stars Academy and for that we are forever grateful."
As part of its Corporate Partner Program, Hands On Nashville completes service projects regionally to meet community needs.