More than 500 students volunteered at the 20th annual The Project, UT’s largest day of service on Saturday, Feb. 23. Throughout the day, they worked on an array of neighborhood beautification projects at various sites around the Rundberg area – from building benches to painting buildings and curbs to sprucing up school gardens.
This was The Project’s fourth and final year in Rundberg. Thanks to a $15,800 grant from the Home Depot Foundation—longtime partners of The Project—new prospects are on the horizon for next year’s event. Project coordinators are currently seeking new opportunities for the future ahead and more details will come next spring.
Organized by the Longhorn Center for Community Engagement, this student-run event is held on the last Saturday of February. Below are a few images from the milestone event. Watch student and community partner interviews on the Fox 7 Austin news site. The Project was also featured on Spectrum News.
Dr. Leonard N. Moore, vice president of diversity and community engagement (second from left) was among several notable speakers at the kickoff event held at Dobie Middle School. Other speakers included Dr. Suchitra Gururaj, assistant vice president for community engagement and economic development; AISD Trustee Ann Teich; Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin; UT Student Government Representatives Colton Becker (president) and Mehraz Rahman (vice president).
After the morning kickoff, students dispersed about the Rundberg neighborhood to get started on a number of projects. Pictured here is a group of students embarking on a landscaping project near the entrance of Dobie Middle School.
A representative from Austin nonprofit Green Corn Project shares gardening tips with a big group of student volunteers at the Dobie Middle School garden.
Students working together to beautify benches and green spaces surrounding Guerrero Thompson Elementary School.
A group of volunteer gardeners pause for a snapshot outside Settlement Home for Children, a UT-University Charter School.
For more Project Day photos, follow the online conversation: #UTProject, #UTProject2019 .