"School Pride" unveils remodeled school

POSTED: Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 12:48pm

UPDATED: Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 12:49pm

It took only seven days to give a local school a much needed makeover from top to bottom. Lanier Charter Elementary School hasn't been fully renovated in years. That's why "School Pride,"  decided to come to Baton Rouge.

"We saw a facility that was sort of stuck in a time capsule. Nothing had been done here for a long time," said School Pride executive producer, Cheryl Hines.

The reality TV show focuses on bringing communities together to rebuild and energize schools in need of a serious facelift. The show brings in thousands of volunteers from all over the country to clean-up and revitalize the school in just seven days. Lanier was one of those schools.

Hines said, "We were drawn to the teachers here and to the students. The students are thriving here and they love the teachers and they're learning a lot. We just wanted to make sure that the buildings on the outside matched what was happening on the inside."

Students, teachers, and parents got their first look at the newly renovated school Saturday. Students were shocked by what they saw.

"The basketball goals were half torn. Everything was just not so good, but now, it's beautiful. I love it," said Kalone Robertson. "I went out of my mind when I saw it."

School Pride airs this fall on NBC Fridays at 7 central. Get a first look at the new primetime show here.

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