Volunteers from AT&T and the community descended on Bruns Academy in west Charlotte two weeks before school started to give the school’s media center a complete make-over – and when we say “complete,” we mean stripped-down-to-the-bare walls, start-from-scratch complete! AT&T sponsors the CIS program at Bruns Academy and AT&T employees have enthusiastically embraced the school, volunteering their time and donating needed items.
For the media center project, AT&T volunteers were joined by members of CCAP (Charlotte Community Affairs Professionals), a professional organization consisting of community affairs executives from different corporations throughout Charlotte. Carlos Sanchez of AT&T and a co-founder of CCAP, invited the group to help. Over the course of three days – including a Saturday – 34 AT&T employees and CCAP members did all the “prep work” of clearing the walls, covering the furniture and books, putting up painter’s tape, and priming and painting the walls.
Karen Neal, CIS Site Coordinator at Bruns, said the goal was to create a brighter, more engaging atmosphere for the students. “The walls were a neutral off-white color and they really needed a fresh coat of paint,” said Neal. “But this group went all out and took the challenge to heart. The result is fantastic and gives the media center an entirely new energy! The students love it!”
The media center make-over was not the only project accomplished that week at Bruns: a group of AT&T Telecom Pioneers (the largest and oldest volunteer organization within AT&T) spent a morning at the school filling 100 backpacks with donated school supplies.
As students arrived for a new school year, they surely felt the love that went into these projects. Thank you, AT&T!