Volunteers help get new charter school ready for the school year

Volunteers help get new charter school ready for the school year
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POSTED: Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 11:51am

UPDATED: Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 12:05pm

Volunteers from across the area put on their painter caps and gloves. It's all to help one of Baton Rouge's newest charter schools get ready for it's first school year.

It's taken two years to get to here. It may not seem like much, but for the people who started University Prep Elementary, this means a lot.

"So it's been a long process and a very quick turn-around for this building, but we're really excited to have everybody here today," said Megan Turner, founder and executive director of UP Elementary.

Turner said the school just got it's charter last year. Saturday, the school made its way to the Glen Oaks community.

"We are proud to have students here from all over Baton Rouge, and we're incredibly proud to be here in Glen Oaks," Turner said. "We have quite a few families from this neighborhood right here and all over this 70811 neighborhood."

More than 50 volunteers from across the area are helping out to make sure this school year gets started off right. That's all thanks to the School's partnership with Forum 35 and Hannis Bourgeois.

"Education is something the organization values greatly, and of course all of us can't be teachers, but this was one of the easiest ways for us to get out here on a Saturday morning and help get UP Elementary ready for the start of the school year," said Eric Dexter, the president of Forum 35.

"The charter movement is really great. So, we're excited to get behind that. I think it's going to breathe some new life into this community. We're really excited about that," said Jay Montalbano, partner of Hannis Bourgeois.

"It feels like a very unique action, and it's something that the community can have an input and say on," said Stephen Reilly, chairperson of Forum 35.

That's what up's Director of Achievement Justin Steiner said this whole thing is all about.

"Putting in a Saturday of hard work, cleaning up the gardens, painting the poles, cleaning the hallways. and giving our building much needed love, so that we can start fresh for our community and our students on August 4th," Steiner explained.

Steiner said the school will start with Kindergarten only, and the school will add a grade each year.

Right now, more than 100 students are enrolled for the fall semester, but it's not too late. Click the link below for more information: 


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