With only three days until Project Shine, volunteers and corporate sponsors are still being accepted for the annual event.
“Independence is an amazing community. Whenever we put something out there, the community grabs on and runs with it,” said Alli Kisner, Project Shine coordinator. “There are a lot of exciting little projects both inside and out, and there is something for everyone.”
This is the sixth year for Project Shine, which began in 2008 with Extreme School Makeover. The event was started out of a need to renovate Three Trails, Korte, Fairmount and Sugar Creek elementary schools along with Nowlin Middle School and Van Horn High School quickly after the annexation into the Independence School District was complete.
Since that first year, five schools are chosen each year for Project Shine. Projects include painting and landscaping as well as basic cleanup around the schools. This year’s schools are Mill Creek Elementary and Bridger Middle School along with three of the original schools – Korte, Three Trails and Nowlin.
Project Shine is from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and volunteers are still being accepted. Individuals or groups can volunteer, and the event will happen rain or shine. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Lunch will be provided and snacks and refreshments will be served throughout the day. Community members who are interested can pre-register online or submit the registration by mail. Completed applications can also be brought to any Project Shine the day of the event.
If volunteering is not an option, monetary donation as well as supplies are being accepted. Donations can be mailed to Project Shine, 201 N. Forest Ave., Independence, Mo. 64050. Make checks payable to the School District of Independence Foundation Inc. Credit card donations can be made by calling Kisner at the foundation office or by donating online at www4.indep.k12.mo.us/project_shine/donate.php. Select “Donate Online” to make a donation.
Corporate sponsors are also needed. Currently, ATK, Sheet Metal Workers Local 2 and Missouri Organic are serving in the Partner Sponsor Level. Among the businesses in the Community Sponsor Level are The Bank of Grain Valley, Cargo Largo, Chick-fil-A, the City of Sugar Creek, Hawthorn Bank, the Independence Chamber of Commerce, the Inter-City Sugar Creek Optimist Club, Keller’s Landscaping, Krispy Kreme, M360 Energy, Plumbers and Gasfitters’ Local Union 8, Sprinkler Fitters, Stewardship Capital, the Kansas City Building and Construction Trade Council and Vibe Communications.
For more information on how to donate or to become a volunteer, visit the Independence School District’s Project Shine website at www.ourschoolsshine.org.
Questions can also be answered by calling the Independence School District Foundation office at 816-521-5300, ext. 10049.