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Elementary school gets face lift, thanks to UF students’ work


Founded in 2008 by University of Florida students, Project Makeover has one goal in mind: to change the lives of young minds through creating a more dynamic learning environment for elementary school students.

Each fall, the group selects an elementary school to receive a renovation and begins planning with the curriculum in mind.

This year, Shell Elementary in Hawthorne was selected to receive a makeover by the student-run team. Over one weekend, 1,055 volunteers from UF and volunteers from the community helped give Shell Elementary a makeover.

From murals lining the hallways to new landscaping and fitness trails, the work done by UF students and the community gave new life to the aging school.

In addition to the renovations, Project Makeover raised more than $9,000 and helped remodel the school’s science lab – complete with new microscopes and work stations.

To help Shell Elementary students prepare for the FCAT, the organization also gave out new books and donated school supplies.

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