"Over 1,400 University of Texas students, staff members, and alumni worked from 10am-5pm at 90 different sites in the Rundberg area," on Saturday announced The Project, "the University of Texas' largest day of service", on its Facebook page, linking to a Statesman story on the topic.
Dobie Middle School was The Project's headquarters, where volunteers checked in for morning (from 8:30am to 2pm) or afternoon (from 11:30am to 5pm) shifts. A shuttle service from UT campus was available to avoid traffic and parking issues.
Volunteers also worked on beautification projects like painting, weeding, planting, and cleaning up trash at the school.
At Guerrero-Thompson Elementary, the volunteers trimmed trees, pulled weeds, and planted wildflower seeds.
Whereas at Harmony Science Academy they painted games like 4 square and hopscotch on cement, touched up parts of the cafeteria, cleaned up gardens, created a walking path, among other things.
Painting also took place at Lanier High School, as well as at the nearby Kennermer Pool, and at other schools.
In partnership with the North Austin Civic Association (NACA area's neighborhood association), Payton Gin and Parkfield Drive bridges over Little Walnut Creek were painted (that's part of a larger bridges project of the neighborhood association supported by the City's Neighborhood Partnering Program), Heron Hollow Park flower bed was weeded, Ron Rigsby Park benches and picnic tables were painted, mulch added underneath them, and
two enclosed garden beds located at the intersection of Grouse Meadow and Rundberg Lanes were beautified.
Volunteers also worked on the Gus Garcia community garden, cleaned up he area near Little Walnut Creek, and painted a series of houses. Some residences also benefited from brush cleanups fence replacements, and other works like construction of a handicap ramp.
This gave the opportunity to the Austin Police District Representatives working in the area to connect UT volunteers with more Rundberg residents in need of assistance for repainting their homes and cleaning up their gardens, and to provide paint to the Ken Street Ex-Gang Members Bible Study Group for covering up graffitis.
Check out those before and after pictures!
The Daily Texan also posted a video giving the atmosphere of the event: