After a year of ups and downs, it’s great to take a moment to reflect on the good. C.W. Norton Elementary School was given a makeover of a lifetime last February.
“It’s like Christmas day every day,” Kathrine Faenza, a third-grade teacher from the elementary school, said. She couldn’t stop smiling as she shared her school’s experience with Project Makeover.
Project Makeover came to C.W. Norton from February 21-23, 2020 to landscape, paint, and construct new ways for students to learn.
“It was really magical and really exciting for the students coming back and having everything so colorful, vivid, and bright and really they just loved it,” Faenza said. She shared that every time a student has returned to school this year following quarantine, they get the same giddy feelings that they did a year ago.
She shared that since the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been a long process for the students and has heightened all of their experiences. This made coming back to a vibrant school even more exciting. Coming back to school has been a treat to the kids because they have a dynamic place to learn rather than behind a computer screen. The students play hopscotch every morning and want to use all of the new features of the playground whenever they pass by.
“I feel like them coming back and seeing their bright, sunny school makes them feel safe and loved and important,” Faenza said. She emphasized the importance of giving the students emotional support through this tough time.
Faenza beamed as she recounted walking the hallways with the students and seeing their eagerness to use all of the new features that PM was able to bring to the elementary school.
“The sky is the limit,” she said. Since PM’s makeover weekend, she has seen the school trying to implement other ways to encourage the students. The attitude around campus has changed to constantly thinking of what else can be done to better the school. Witnessing the makeover in action catalyzed the faculty’s excitement to ask what else can be done.
“It’s an amazing feeling to know that all these people care and want what’s best for our community. It’s a really special place to live and to grow and for our children to be here because we know that we’re all in it together to help and to love them each day,” she said in regard to Project Makeover’s mission.
Project Makeover hopes to ignite this same joy for learning at the Prairie View Campus Housing Idylwild Elementary School We dream big, so that children can dream bigger! Keep up with this year’s makeover weekend by following us on Instagram @projectmakeoveruf!