Students, faculty, parents, and city officials grabbed shovels, paint brushes, and brooms as Inglewood High School hosted a day of school pride and campus beautification for the 2015 school year.
Inglewood High School principal, Jose Gallegos said, “Today is our beautification day, but it’s really more than that, we’re inviting the community to become owners of their school. So, we’re asking them to come help, paint, clean, visit, and see what we have here at Inglewood High School. We’re headed in a new direction, and one of our directions is to make sure that everybody in this beautiful community is part of our school.
Councilman Eloy Morales added, “We have 200 students out here spread out around the campus doing everything from painting to planting, to pulling out weeds, to picking up trash and giving it a face lift. I have to say, we’re so proud of the students who are out here because this is a moment in time in their school where they can look around and see what needs to be done, and help do it. I think it’s a moment of pride for the students who are out here doing the work.”
Students along with councilman Eloy Morales and Alex Padilla, pulled weeds from the ground, laid mulch and prepped plots of soil to be used as fruit and vegetable gardens.
Inglewood High School junior, Sydney Turner shared, “Change starts with everybody and yourself, so if you want something positive out of everything, you have to come and help out. Just to come out and help my school, I do it for other freshmen and people that may want to come here. This is a big experience that I’m gonna take with me.
Alfred Valencia, a senior at Inglewood High School, shared “Any little change can make a big difference, so almost the whole community came and helped us out and it’s been a great help, and I hope in the future generations, they follow in our footsteps to make this community better.
Over 200 students volunteered for the beautification event, which was put together by community partner and sponsors Home Depot, Republic Consolidated Disposal Services, and the City of Inglewood.