On Saturday, June 27 the 22nd Annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon took place. The Hope Institute Learning Academy was one of 30 locations across Chicago that brought volunteers together to make the city a better place. Over 200 volunteers from Chicago Cares lined the hallways of the school ready to paint.

In addition to the hallways the ramps, stairwells and recess rooms of HILA were all painted a burgundy color by these wonderful community volunteers.

“We estimate that a sum of $25,000 was put forth through labor and materials to give a ‘fresh face’ to the HILA corridors for the 2015-2016 school year. This came at a perfect time, with the recent cutbacks made through CPS. This means that we will be able to allocate more funds to the social, emotional, and academic development of our students. We are truly thankful for this generous and awe inspiring outpouring of volunteer support and community engagement,” said Mike Jakubowski, HILA Principal.

Along with the painting of the school, wall murals were created near the front entrance. One mural highlights the importance of the key values of Preparation, Responsibility, Independence, Dedication and Effort (P.R.I.D.E) at HILA while the other is known as the path to college, which will start conversations for the students about their future education.

The event lasted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. where volunteers were provided lunch, and the school was left feeling brand new.