Project Community Convergence is Another Success
Saturdays are meant for relaxing and decompressing from the long week of classes and studying. But, for the past two Saturdays, nearly 170 St. John Fisher College volunteers spent their time helping with the annual Project Community Convergence, led by Students With A Vision (SWAV).
Students, faculty, and staff rolled up their sleeves to help SWAV give five Rochester City Schools a makeover. The makeovers included fresh paint, cleaning, and organizing in the School Without Walls, School #2, School #16, School #43, and the Integrated Arts and Technology School. The group went through 60 gallons of paint to get the projects completed.
“Over two weeks at School #43, our projects included painting a hallway and three bathrooms in a portable building, third and fourth grade classrooms, computer lab, faculty lounge, and railings in stairwells,” said Dusty Baker ’14, who was a co-leader at School #43. “Our volunteers accomplished so much and had an excellent time doing so.”
James Palermo, Fisher graduate and current principal at School#2, said that this event is a great way to connect the Fisher students with the work they are doing inside of the local schools.
“They were incredibly helpful, but that day is just the start of the work we do together. Out of this day of service, we gain volunteers who come back for years,” he said.
“Overall, PCC was a huge success this year,” said Amanda Carpenter, the event’s co-chair. “We got a lot accomplished, helped many schools, and got many Fisher students off campus helping the community they live in which is SWAV's mission.”