By Leacy Burton
A school does not serve as just a learning environment. It’s a place where children learn to develop relationships, create memories, grow cognitive skills and explore who they are as a person. The hallways create new paths for students to spark wonder and joy, but those same halls create a safe space. You never know what children are going through at home, which is why having the perfect learning environment for every child is crucial.
A child’s early years set up the foundation for the rest of their lives, making elementary schools the trunk of their tree. Attending elementary school establishes one of the first steps of independence, self-consciousness and personality development. Research proves that highly engaging learning spaces keep students’ attention and focus when in classrooms. It also encourages higher levels of critical thinking and analytical skills.
Without organizations like Project Makeover, children would lose out on the ability to take flight in their learning and grow into their tallest self. The team members and volunteers of this organization pride themselves on ensuring each space we touch will impact the lives of every student, so kids can just be kids.
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
We want students in Alachua County and across the nation to love going to school, create a strong foundation for the future and make a real impact in their own future to keep changing generations. After all, it’s all for the joy of learning.