Years of exposure to the Tucson sun and a lack of resources left Santa Rita High School’s hand railings across the campus faded and chipped. Once showing the pride of Santa Rita’s bold green, the paint on the railings had long turned to a dull off-turquoise. Funding for the paint and labor had yet to be provided, and the task of repainting these railings was left indefinitely on the back burner.
At Santa Rita’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January 18th, 2016, a group of students passionately gravitated towards one project in particular: repainting the stair railings. Something like hand rails may seem small and insignificant to an outside observer, however to the students and staff who see and use them every day, from outside classrooms to the football field, a little repainting goes a long way in brightening up their school day.
The hand railings were not the only service project at Santa Rita that day, but the students who served had an undeniable passion for that project. They got to see part of their campus transform before their eyes, and most importantly due to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), AmeriCorps, and Arizona Serve, the students had a hand in making that transformation happen.