We scanned and scanned, and finally found the ice cream shop, but surely there was no preschool in here. Everything else was so run down, the store fronts were either out of business, or so old that they only appeared that way.
A laundromat, a vacant room, a thrift store, oh, there’s the preschool, wedged between.
We were greeted by Abbi who is a part of a non-profit that runs a community garden and has 7 low income preschools. Research shows that children who go to preschool are less likely to go to prison. Children who go to preschool are more likley to go to college. So college over prison, all because of preschool. There is income verification, so the ones who go here are extremely poor.
|Finley and Abbie|
We debated leaving Finley at home, but decided to bring him and see.
“Wait, what’s this place called?!?! This is the coolest place ever! When do I sign up!?” -Finley
They even provided coffee for us, which was so sweet! Look at these awesome ladies ready to get their paint on!
|Getting our instructions|
|“This is the best day of my life…wait this isn’t real?”|
We each took turns hanging out with the little ones in the leaning area. I can’t believe how happy they were to be here. Service projects always amaze me in all the ways the blessings come.
Some of our friends are kinda artsy so it started coming together pretty quickly.
“Hold on, mom. I’m making music”
|We also helped paint the walls.|
A group from our church was here the weekend before doing a different painting project as well.
Nicole started mixing paint to make the clam awesome!
|Check out Heather’s multitasking abilities with baby Bowen in the front pack!|
It was so much fun, so relaxing to be painting together. If you are local and interested in doing a service project, email me, it’s super easy to sign up. Our church’s website has different projects all through the week. But no matter where you live, there are so many fun ways to get involved.
“If I wasn’t here, I would just be at home, vaccuming or something, alone,” said one friend.
I can’t wait to go back and see it! I want to bring some puppets too to replace their old nasty ones. Anyone have and got tips on puppets?
Andrew and I have such amazing people in our lives. How many people would wake up early on a Saturday morning and give most of it up to paint a mural in a low income preschool?