by Amanda Hoffman
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (August 18th, 2012)- The hum of electric drills, the echoes of
instructions being called out, and, thanks to a radio, the sounds of Beyoncé and Michael Jackson made up the official volunteer soundtrack at the LES-Liberia Economic and Social Development- preschool makeover on Saturday, August 18th, 2012.
The cleanup project, which took place in the Liberia neighborhood of Hollywood, Florida, attracted 36 volunteers who spent the day putting up a privacy screening around the playground, building a garden for the preschool and applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls.
Nineteen St. Thomas University law students, alumni and staff also joined HandsOn Broward Saturday as part of their pro bono service requirement.
“Part of being an attorney is giving back,” says Jennifer Portwood-Gordon, Director of the pro bono program at St. Thomas. “This is the first of many projects we hope to work on with HandsOn Broward.”
The event kicked off at 9:00 am and finished at noon. Seeking refuge from the scorching Florida sun, volunteers took breaks in the shade of trees and tents and cooled off with bottled water provided by HandsOn Broward.
Law student Lakita Foster explained the progress of the makeover project. “We’ve prepped the walls for paint and put up a privacy screen for the kids.”
Volunteer Laura Lindenfeld was happy to be back volunteering with HandsOn Broward after taking a break from volunteering this summer to get married. She recalls her most memorable HandsOn Broward event: the 9/11 Day of Service last year. “It was pretty amazing to see everyone-corporations and individuals- working together.”
When the LES preschoolers return to school this fall, they will be in for some surprises. A blossoming garden, a fresh coat of paint and something else, something brighter than the shiny new fence. While the hard-working volunteers were building the garden in the sweltering summer heat, they weren’t just planting seeds: they were planting hope for a brighter future.
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