Community Benefits from 2014 Project Community Convergence
As the semester winds down and the pressure of finals week starts to creep closer, over 100 St. John Fisher College students decided to roll up their sleeves to volunteer for the 2014 Project Community Convergence (PCC), led by Students With A Vision (SWAV).
On Saturday, March 29, and Saturday, April 5, the students spent their days in School No. 15, School of the Arts (SOTA), Nazareth Elementary, and the Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA) providing them with a makeover.
Alycia Appelbaum was the student leader in charge of Nazareth Elementary, and said the group painted all of the staircases and cleaned the shelves in the library. Her location attracted a total of 30 volunteers over the two weekends. The timing worked out for Nazareth, as the school is having an open house this week. The Fisher volunteers left everything in tip top shape.
“Over the two weekends, we managed to complete at least two projects per school, which is amazing considering these projects could have taken months to complete had they done them on their own. PCC is an excellent way to see a change first-hand in our community, especially as our surrounding schools lack the amount of funding needed to complete these projects,” said Appelbaum.
Jayna Betancourt was assigned to RAPA and the SOTA. At RAPA, volunteers painted the hallways and lobby. And at SOTA, they cleaned out the attic and painted classrooms.
Betancourt said PCC is a great way for students to get out into the Rochester community and see some of the conditions that these school-aged children are exposed to and learning in.
“Over the course of the two weekends, the volunteers were able to go in and really give these schools a facelift and create a better and brighter environment for not only the students but the staff as well. This project could not have been completed without the help of the other two coordinators, Sally, and the volunteers. It is my sincere hope that the volunteers that helped us found fulfillment from making a positive impact on the community and the lives of others,” said Betancourt.