Project Shine, the Independence School District’s annual summer spruce-up event, is this Saturday at several schools.
The event began after ISD's annexation of several Kansas City School District school buildings in western Independence and Sugar Creek. The buildings needed an emergency cleanup to get them ready for the 2008-09 school year, and the impressive turnout led officials to make it an annual summer event, rotating among a handful of the district's 29 school buildings.
The five schools on tap this year, starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, are:
• Bingham Middle School, 1717 S. Speck Road
• Fairmount Elementary, 120 N. Cedar Ave.
• Mill Creek Elementary, 2601 N. Liberty St.
• Sugar Creek Elementary, 11424 Gill St., Sugar Creek
• Van Horn High School, 1109 S. Arlington Ave.
Fairmount, Sugar Creek and Van Horn were part of the 2008 annexation.
Between sign-ups and walk-ups, the district anticipates 1,000 or more community members, students, parents and staff to be volunteering. Several businesses, churches and civic groups make monetary or material donations for the various projects – mostly scrubbing, painting and landscape work.
Over the course of 10 years, more than 12,000 people have volunteered more than 60,000 hours for Project Shine, the district says, saving ISD well more than $500,000 in that time.
The district has had volunteer sign-ups ahead of time, but walk-up volunteers are welcome to show up at their school of choice.