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November 4, 2011 > Making a difference at Horner Junior High

Making a difference at Horner Junior High

Article and photos submitted by Fahria Khan

Thousands of staples littered the sidewalk at Horner Junior High on a recent Saturday. Don't worry; they were being swept up almost as quickly as they were falling. Over a hundred students, parents, and teachers were beautifying the school as part of National Make a Difference Day on October 22.

Organizers, Fahria Khan and Jackie Welch of Horner PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association), spent two months organizing an all day event to paint, plant, and clean up the school. Drab brown panels on the outside of the school were painted a more cheery blue, to match the school colors. The equally dingy brown benches were painted a lighter khaki color. Kelly Moore Paints generously donated the paint that was used and Johnathan Whiles, owner of New Life Painting Services, volunteered his precious Saturday morning with professional painting skills and expertise.

Large planters that used to be full of weeds were cleaned up and planted with a variety of plants and flowers, generously donated by the local Home Depot and Lowes. And yes, dozens of students removed all the staples that covered the walls from years of flyers being stapled onto them.

Furthermore, parents and local restaurants, including McDonald's, Bronco Billy's, Subway, Safeway, and Costco, generously donated food for the hungry volunteers. There was quite a spread of bagels, donuts, muffins, chips, cookies, drinks, sandwiches, and of course pizza. Parents, students, teachers, and Horner Junior High Principal, Steve Musto, spent all day working side by side to make this great school even better. What a transformation!

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