On Friday, several Thinkwellians volunteered with the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas for their annual Service Day. Together with 20+ companies we gathered at KIPP Austin to help beautify the campus.
In case you have never heard of KIPP Austin, it is an amazing school that empowers underserved students with the goal of preparing them for college. These kids not only get a great education, but they are also taught about recycling and environmentally friendly practices. A group of us worked on a project to build some outside structures near the school's gardens. These structures would not only be a relaxing place for students, but they were the support for a rainwater collection system that would be utilized to water the gardens.
Our job was to build a box that would serve as both a seat and a storage bin in one of the structures. Believe it or not, even with 4 people involved, it was quite a task. We used all the math skills we had to create this large seat/storage box.
Once we finished this task, it was inside where the air conditioning was most welcome. We were inside the library, my favorite place, where we boxed and moved books. We were all impressed with the books we encountered while we worked and the number of students who came in to check out books.
During lunch with all 350+ volunteers, a group of kids came out and led by their principal and teachers performed several chants (or cheers) for us. The enthusiasm from these kids was contagious and everyone couldn't help but smile as they clapped and chanted their hearts out.
At the end of the day, we all left content in the knowledge that we had helped such a deserving school become the dream the students and teachers imagined.
If you want to see more photos of us hard at work on Service Day, go check out our Facebook page!