On Monday, May 7, Dana Elementary School in Nipomo held a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil their eight newly improved bathrooms.
This project started when the sixth grade class was asked to write an essay on how to improve the school/community and they overwhelmingly expressed their wish for better bathrooms.
Through a charity program called “Paint it Forward,” sponsored by New Life Painting of Santa Maria, the school’s PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) applied for and was chosen to receive painting services at no charge.
This project was further enhanced by adding some fun, cool wall decals, with the help of parent volunteers and school staff. PTO representatives felt that when their students speak, it’s important to listen, and let them know their voices were heard!
"We received close to 20 emails from the nomination form on our website's Community page saying they needed help with their bathrooms. We thought it was really awesome that the 6th graders wanted to do a project like this and we immediately said yes. It was a great project to be a part of." -- New Life Painting Vice President, Noah Winkles