BALTIMORE (WJZ) — During this National Volunteer Week, dozens of volunteers are helping renovate a West Baltimore school.

Andrea Fujii reports volunteers had one day to renovate the school.

Scraping off the old and painting anew are just some of the improvements at Furman L. Templeton Elementary School.

“It’s been so long and it’s gonna look different,” said Tykeria Lawson, fifth-grader.

With the help of United Way and Wachovia/Wells Fargo Bank — which donated $35,000 and nearly 60 volunteers –they’re transforming a formerly unused floor into a center, a facility that will prepare more than 30 students for kindergarten.

“We’ll have educational materials and everything that they’re going to need to make sure that they are ready for kindergarten in a few years,” said Bridget Crawley, United Way.

In times of limited funding, free help is appreciated.

“When students come to an attractive area and it looks good and feels good, they feel better about themselves,” said Kenneth Cherry, principal.

In recognition of Earth Day, they’re also putting in organic gardens all around the school to promote sustainable learning.

“You can help the environment by planting stuff, saving electricity and recycling,” said Lawson.

It’s one day of hard work in which everyone wins.

“It’s a community that does not get a lot of resources — the school is just about 100 percent free lunch — and so it’s a nice way to for us to help and feel good at the same time,” said Andy Bertamini, Wachovia Bank.

This is the third year United Way and Wells Fargo/Wachovia have contributed to the school.


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