Mesa Elementary Gets Facelift with Unique Public/Private Partnership
When Mesa Elementary students returned to school in the fall of 2018 they found a refurbished, colorful learning environment made possible by the combined efforts of volunteers at Rebuilding Together Metro Denver and Lowe's Home Improvement. The facelift was 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 gathered at Mesa to begin a full day of work, to transform the look of the building with fresh paint, repairs and landscaping.
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.
Steve Saunders-WPS Chief Communications Officer 303-657-3853
Samantha Smith-Rebuilding Together Metro Denver Program Director 816-699-1236