Ernie Pyle gets a facelift
Posted at: 08/18/2012 3:16 PM
| Updated at: 08/18/2012 7:01 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4
An Albuquerque Middle School is getting a much-needed makeover thanks to dozens of volunteers.
And their work is being credited with transforming the Ernie Pyle Middle School into one of the highest performing schools in the South Valley.
Saturday marked “Transformation Day” at the School.
Over the past couple of years there have been several big changes at the school.
More than one hundred volunteers spent their Saturday morning ensuring the “Home of the Warriors” is a place its students can be proud of. "
It just makes our school feel like we're important and they're not doing this for every school so, yeah it's helping us out a lot," 8th grader Justina Silva said.
This is the third year that Fidelity Investments’ employees, and some of their children, donated their time to clean up and improve the School.
The school partnered with Fidelity Investments through its HandsOn Network effort.
For some volunteers like Steven Moraga, he said it’s a homecoming.
"Whenever I came here the school was going through a lot of new changes,” Moraga said. “We got a new building and that made me proud to come here. So hopefully what we're doing today will help them be proud when they come to school on Monday."
Principal James Lujan said an even bigger change taking place inside.
"Our letter grade - we've gone from a D to a B,” said Lujan. “So we're very proud that we're increasing academically. Our kids, this is a very healthy environment to learn, we're excited and yes, that contributes."
The 'Pride of the South Valley' is becoming just that; and Lujan is calling on other businesses to answer the call as well.
"Step up to the plate. Schools are open places and they belong to the community so let's all work together," Lujan said.
Fidelity Investments said it will return in the spring to continue to transform the school, and perhaps even its students.