The College Hill neighborhood was a busier than usual the last weekend of September. More than 400 volunteers from Cincinnati Bell, College Hill Urban Redevelopment Corporation (CHURC) and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful completed projects ranging from yard work and painting a mural to building a pavilion for an outdoor classroom.
And the hub of all the activity? Pleasant Hill Academy.
“We are so thankful for Cincinnati Bell, CHURC, and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful for this volunteerism,” said Pleasant Hill Academy Principal Shauna McDowell. “It’s important for our students to build relationships with adults who care about the community, and something like this accomplishes that while teaching our children to care about the community, too.”
Neighborhood projects included improving gardens and playgrounds, removing debris or fallen tree branches from various properties and remodeling the Christ Community food pantry.
At Pleasant Hill Academy, volunteers constructed and erected a pavilion that would serve as an outdoor classroom and built a new fence around the school garden, both perfect additions that fit into the school’s Vision 2020 program, Environmental Science.
“The collaboration with all the organizations is what makes today a success,” said Tim Walker, resource coordinator at Pleasant Hill Academy. “It all started with a brainstorm to answer the question, ‘What could we do?’ From there, we coordinated the resources, supplies and volunteers. It’s amazing to see the vision become a reality.”
Students also met Cincinnati Bell associates and technicians, who showed students how they operate their bucket trucks to repair phone lines from the street and other tools that help them do their jobs. Students in grades 4-6 joined volunteers toward the end of the school day to help with final tasks and cleanup before going home.
Learn more and keep up with the amazing things happening at Pleasant Hill Academy and the College Hill community at pleasanthill.cps-k12.org.