Over 300 IEUW Volunteers Transform Corona Elementary School
School Makeover Promotes Positivity & Beautification to Inspire Students
Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Thanks to Inland Empire United Way (IEUW) and the support of over 300 community volunteers, and the financial support of community partners including Lowe’s, Sherwin-Williams, Gerdau, QTC, Safelite, and Seidner’s, students at Corona Elementary School in Ontario arrived at school Monday morning on April 23, 2018 to find their school playground and buildings brightened up and covered with vibrant murals of hope. Corona’s school makeover, which took place on Saturday, April 21, 2018, included buildings decorated with school colors, the school mascot (an eagle), and an engaging obstacle courses for a fun twist on physical fitness.
Many students at Corona Elementary are faced with challenges related to living barely above poverty-level and receive free or reduced lunches to help them through the school day. Children in lower-income families tend to have more challenges succeeding academically and maintaining healthy habits than their middle and upper class counterparts. Principal Flores hopes this school makeover will encourage students to bypass these barriers, while he tirelessly provides additional resources to create a safe and productive learning environment for his students. “This is probably the safest place they have besides their home. For some of the children, this is probably safer than home. The kids spend a great deal of time here and we want to create an environment to help them thrive.”
“It’s a daily reminder of the reason that we’re here, working together. There are a lot of messages about community, diversity, goal-setting, and college. It’s the vision our children need for the future,” Principal Dr. Sal Flores said as he lent a hand with painting murals.
Many students at Corona Elementary School need an extra push towards academic success. School makeovers have an immediate, positive effect on students and staff. “It’s a change for the moment, but it really transforms the way they feel about their school. It makes them take school more seriously. It makes them know that people care about them,” explains Dr. Marco Villegas, Regional Director for the East Learning Region of the Ontario Montclair School District.
“Inland Empire United Way is committed to creating new possibilities throughout our community and helping underprivileged children succeed academically,” said spokesperson, Laurel Eriksen. “Our research and experience has shown us that students learn better in an environment where they are inspired, motivated, and where they feel proud and comfortable. This is why we continue to do these school makeovers. They are not just about making a school look nice, they have a specific goal of encouraging children so they can succeed in life.”
This school makeover project would not be possible without the financial and volunteer support of the following organizations: Lowe’s, Sherwin-Williams, Safelite Auto Glass, Gerdau, Seidner’s Collision Center, QTC, UPS, Geodis, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Amazon, Target, and the Ontario Montclair School District.
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To view photos from the Corona Elementary School Makeover Project, click here.