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Mesa Elementary Gets Facelift with Unique Public/Private Partnership

rebuilding together logo and lowe's logo When Mesa Elementary students return to school later this month, they will find a refurbished, colorful learning environment outside made possible by the combined efforts of volunteers at Rebuilding Together Metro Denver and Lowe's Home Improvement. The facelift is an example of an innovative partnership that is especially meaningful for school districts that are facing budget challenges.

On the morning of Friday, Aug. 3, volunteers will gather at Mesa to begin a full day of work, to transform the look of the building with fresh paint, repairs and landscaping.

"This will be a fun and rewarding project that will make a profound difference in the lives of the students at Mesa Elementary," said Samantha Smith, program director at Rebuilding Together Metro Denver. "I can’t wait to see the look on student’s faces when they return to school and see how much they and their school are valued by their community."

One of the goals of Rebuilding Together Metro Denver is to revitalize communities and the organization recognizes that schools play a critical role in creating a positive atmosphere and sense of pride.

Westminster Public Schools' highest priority is to make sure that all school buildings are safe and secure, but because of funding shortfalls from the state of Colorado, fewer dollars are now available to upgrade the look of buildings. It’s a dilemma faced by school districts across the state.

"We have to prioritize our work and how we spend our money, and for outside groups to come in and donate their skills and materials to improve our schools is extraordinary," said Superintendent Pamela Swanson. "This kind of volunteer effort sends such an important message to our students about what can happen when we all pull together. It will also ensure that the outside of Mesa reflects the quality instruction and care that we offer inside the building."

Mesa Elementary is located at 9100 Lowell Blvd., Westminster, CO 80031.

Schedule

  • 8:30 - 9 a.m.: Registration and light breakfast
  • 9 a.m.: Welcome, event kickoff and group photo
  • 9:20 a.m.: Work begins
  • Noon: Lunch
  • 1 p.m.: Work resumes
  • 2 p.m.: Begin project cleanup
  • 3-3:30 p.m.: Work and cleanup complete 

Media Contact:

  • Steve Saunders-WPS Chief Communications Officer 303-519-1270
  • Samantha Smith-Rebuilding Together Metro Denver Program Director 816-699-1236