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Summer Makeover at Hays-Porter Elementary School

June 13, 2017

Although kids may be out for summer break, volunteers will be hard at work in the school

Volunteers adding building signageEditor’s Note: Great visuals of school hallways, stairwells and door frames being painted as well as decorative book mailboxes being installed by dozens of volunteers from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Surprise scholarship presentation to the school at 10:00 a.m.

CINCINNATI – Students from Hays-Porter Elementary will be welcomed back to school in the fall with a new look and feel to their school. Dozens of volunteers from Appreciation Financial and Great American Insurance Group will gather on Tuesday, June 6 to revitalize the deserving school, located in one of Cincinnati’s most historical and poverty-stricken areas. Appreciation Financial worked closely with Cincinnati Public Schools, who suggested the in-need school. The school serves more than 410 young students in preschool through sixth grade and contains a high concentration of economically disadvantaged students, which is why it was chosen as the beautification site.

Volunteers will add a coat of colorful paint to the school’s hallways, door frames and stairwells. The highlight of this project will be the addition of a vibrant tech-themed mural leading to the school’s technology center and welcome message located near the front of the school. If weather permits, outdoor play areas will be repainted and the school yard be brought to life with landscaping and general clean up. Hays-Porter focuses on teaching children the importance of community service, which is in alignment with the local office of national financial planning powerhouse, Appreciation Financial, who is funding and spearheading the project.

Appreciation Financial presents scholarship“At Appreciation Financial, we live our mantra of giving back in the communities where we do business,” said Keith Spivey, Agency Vice President of Appreciation Financial. “When we learned there was a historic school in Cincinnati’s West End community that needed some TLC, it was only natural for us to step in and help. We hope we serve as positive role models to these kids and prove that great things can be accomplished when people volunteer their time to help out those in need.”

Hays-Porter features a cutting-edge technology program and has undergone tremendous strides towards academic excellence over the past several years under the direction of Principal Nedria McClain. According to a 2014 article in Education Week, the school moved out of “academic emergency” the lowest state designation, to “effective”, with above-expected achievement growth for its students.

“We are overjoyed to receive such a wonderful donation from these volunteers and know that the colorful paint will help to bring life back to our school,” says Nedria McClain, Principal at Hays-Porter School. “I can’t wait until our students, teachers and faculty see the finished product- it’s sure to have a long-lasting impact on this new school and the community.”

When: Tuesday, June 6, 2017
10:00 a.m. (surprise scholarship presentation & volunteer pep talk)

Where: Hays-Porter Elementary School
1030 Cutter Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45203

Who: Dozens of volunteers working hard
Nedria McClain, Principal at Hays-Porter School
Terry Kennedy, President and CEO of Appreciation Financial

On-site Contact: Tana Shivers 702-526-4788

All equipment, paint and materials will be supplied by Appreciation Financial. Every quarter, Appreciation Financial selects cities where they do business to perform service projects to help instill their corporate motto of giving back. The company recently started a 501c(3) non-profit organization named Appreciation Ambassadors to be able to expand giving events like these.

Learn more about Appreciation Financial.


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