Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Thanks to Inland Empire United Way (IEUW) with its corporate and community partners, Alcott Elementary School teachers and students received a pleasant surprise when they arrived at school on Monday, May 1st. Nearly 300 community volunteers joined together on Saturday, April 29, 2017 to paint murals that transformed the school grounds into a dynamic and visually stimulating learning environment that the students, parents, and faculty can be proud of.
“Inland Empire Untied Way is committed to helping underprivileged youth succeed academically and reach future self-sufficiency,” said Gregory Bradbard President and CEO. “Research shows that children learn better in an environment where they feel proud and comfortable, which is why we engage in these projects. They are not just about making a school look nice, they have a specific goal of bringing inspiration and motivation to students so they can succeed in life.”
With the support of its corporate partners, Gerdau, US Bank, Hope Reigns Foundation, New York Life, Molina Health Care, Henkels & McCoy, AMLI Residential, and QTC, IEUW provided all of the paint, ladders, supplies, and leadership to complete the project. Nearly 300 volunteers donated their time to complete a total of 10 projects including murals and playground transformation themed with various academic, college readiness, and community and school values.
The school is located in the Pomona Unified School District and serves approximately 900 students in Kindergarten through 6th grade, the majority of who are from economically disadvantaged households and are English learners.
“Our students are excited; and that excitement is important because we want our kids to be at a school where they feel comfortable, where they feel nurtured, where they feel that they can learn as much as they can, where they want to achieve, and I think that they will feel that way. That not only are we doing our best to teach them, but these murals will help us reach our students,” remarked Alcott Elementary School principal, Juan Arretche, during his presentation at the Reveal Event on Monday, May 1st.
“A lot of our children are growing up with a lot of challenges. They don’t have a lot of stability. To know that strangers, who live in their community, came out to support them is huge,” added Dr. Roberta Perlman, Vice President, Pomona Unified School District Board. “I say to kids all the time, ‘Raise your hand if you think one person can change the world.’ You’d be surprised at how many of those little ones raise their hands. So, they believe, because they see you, that one person can change the world. So thank you.”
Inland Empire United Way is committed to improving the lives and futures of children and families in need by investing in Education, Health, and Financial Stability. We are proud that contributions given local, stay local and an impressive 88% of every dollar is invested in direct program activities. By partnering with a network of local nonprofit organizations, United Way delivers critical services to our community, connects individuals in crisis with needed resources through 2-1-1, and increases the power of local charities by providing dedicated volunteers.www.ieuw.org
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