October 26, 2016 – Compton Jr. High staff and student partnered with Campus Life Ministries over the weekend to take part in “Make a Difference Day.” The volunteers came together in an effort to beautify the Compton Campus by placing hand-painted planters in designated spots to add color and aesthetics to the school’s hallways and walkways.
Leading up to the day’s events, each participating student used their lunch and PE periods, as well as time afterschool, to paint their unique, individual planters. Compton teacher Jennifer Scott explained the simplicity of the creative process: “These kids were given paint and were told to use their imagination and creativity.” She also stated, “When the kids are the ones helping to make the school look better, they take care of it more and are proud.”
More than forty people came out for the event, including Mayor Harvey Hall, who came to present a certificate and proclamation. One of the many volunteers was Compton student, Nathan Armendariz, who was happy to lend a hand: “I want to help make our campus beautiful by planting some flowers,” he said. “The gardening club was talking about it and I thought, ‘Yeah, that would be fun. Let’s do that’.”
During the festivities, each uniquely painted planter was filled with soil and seeds, and then distributed throughout the campus. In the coming weeks and months, the students will get to fully enjoy the fruits of their labor when the planted flowers grow and bloom. Teacher Jennifer Scott summed up the students’ efforts by saying, “They have ownership. When they are the ones helping to make the school look better, they take care of it more and are proud.”