On Saturday, April 11, Indiana Student Education Association (ISEA) members from across the state, along with many other volunteers, joined to “makeover” East Washington Academy in the Muncie Community Schools. Outreach to Teach is a kind of “Extreme Makeover School Edition” for an Indiana school that could use some assistance in improving its facility to better serve its students and staff. More than 300 people, including ISEA members, EWA staff, Muncie school staff, ISTA-Retired members and ISTA professional staff worked at this year’s event.
According to Layne Lumley, a O2T co-coordinator and student at Ball State University, this was the largest project undertaken in the program’s 12-year-history.
Because East Washington was closed for a period of time, there were several major projects to accomplish on April 11 including, retiling the cafeteria floor, upgrading and improving the look of the gymnasium, painting hallways and classrooms, doing extensive landscaping, painting murals and more.
Over the past few years, ISEA has averaged 200 volunteers each year to do the work. A team of building and grounds workers from the University of Evansville volunteer their time and help plan and supervise the work.
Next year, a school from northwest Indiana will be selected for O2T.