Students Give Back for Sharefest

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Hundreds of volunteers are giving back during Heartland Community Church’s annual Sharefest, where Jefferson High School will get a new makeover.

“It feels good to say I took part in this, I helped out, I did that.”

Aziz Milla doesn’t mind spending part of his summer back in the hallways at Jefferson. He hopes revamping his school will make his fellow classmates take better care of it.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here but I figure if we improve it, it’ll be better for future kids coming here if they can enjoy it more than I did, why not. “

That’s why Milla volunteered with Sharefest, an annual project spearheaded by Heartland Church to improve District 205 schools.

“We’re painting, we ripped out all the ceiling tile in the whole building.”

Hundreds of volunteers are fixing classrooms and revamping the library, a project they expect to finish by next Saturday. That’s put some projects, including the District’s facilities plan, on the fast track. It’s these changes principal Don Rundall hopes will boost his students’ confidence in the fall.

“It’s exciting, we’ve had issues, small issues here at Jefferson, cosmetics wise that Sharefest is going to take care of. Sense of pride, kids are going to be able to like the new facilities.”

That’s something Martina Paric is counting on. She’s a junior at Guilford High School and hopes her bright paint job will motivate other kids in the Classroom.

“So I hope it brightens their mood sometimes sitting in a dull classroom you feel depressed and moody but once you see the bright colors it really perks up your mood and gets you in that learning mode.” said Paric.
Jefferson is the only school Sharefest will fix this summer. Organizers say it’s such a large building, they need all of their volunteers in one place.

This plan doesn’t take away from any of the improvements Jefferson will receive through District 205’s facilities plan. More professionals, like carpenters and painters will finish a lot of work and tackle bigger areas like the gym. We’re told that construction won’t begin until next summer.

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