Updated: Jan 27, 2020
PID’S FIRST Philanthropy PROJECT!
About 3 months ago I received an email from Melissa, a teacher at Richardson Elementary School in North Saint Paul. She wrote of her school, the teachers who work there, and what she was hoping to accomplish with my help.
I read intently and after watching the video clip she attached, was inspired and wanted to be involved.
The school is in a lower income area, with a lot of English as a second language students. Teachers were burnt out and short on volunteers as majority of households were either single parent or 2 person working households.
The school had recently undergone a renovation, but school was delayed because construction was incomplete and the for the first while they did gym in the library and had a lot of noise/dust/workers everywhere, which was distracting!
She wanted so badly to create a new teacher lounge space that disguised the fact it was in the farthest corner of the basement with no windows, had crazy green cabinetry, and had unfinished ceilings.
Her request was so genuine. She wanted to give her amazing colleagues a space to retreat, refocus, connect with other staff, and recharge!
I immediately thought of the teachers in my life... my daughter’s fourth grade teacher who became a good friend of mine, my second mother who went back to school in her 40’s to be an art teacher, and the teachers who influenced me.
I also thought about how hard my kid’s own teachers work and how when I go in every other week to volunteer how having a great parental support system is key and how lucky my school has it!
After I reached out to Melissa letting her know I was committed to help these teachers get a finished space that teachers wanted to congregate in we scheduled and had a meeting for me to see the space, take before pictures, talk timeline, and create a budget.
Stay tuned for part 2 (TOMORROW) where I share mood boards the teachers voted on, requesting donations, other volunteers, and install!
Interested in getting involved?!? CONTACT ME!!!
Also- I REALLY want to do more of these, so I will need help;)
Thank you for joining in and reading! I hope you got an insight into what we do, who we work with, the reality behind making old spaces new, and how awesome are clients are!