Last Saturday, a big group of students headed north of campus to spruce up the grounds of Northeast Early College High School and surrounding neighbrohoods. The Texas-size day of service, known as The Project, is an annual event led by the newly established student-run Community Engagement Collective and organized by the Center for Community Engagement (CEC).
Throughout the day, they worked on an array of neighborhood beautification projects– from building benches to painting buildings and walkways to sprucing up gardens.
Below are a few images from Project Day. Visit our Flickr album to view more photos.
Students fuel up for the day at the big kickoff rally. A big thanks to The Project’s many corporate and community partners for making this day a success.
A student leader distributing complimentary backpacks filled with Project Day swag, hand sanitizers and sweet treats.
Members of the student organization Texas Lassos smile for the camera before embarking on their first assignment.
Student leaders and CEC staff gather for a group shot alongside Dr. LaToya Smith, vice president for diversity and community engagement (back row, sixth from the left); and Dr. Suchitra Gururaj, assistant vice president for community and economic engagement (back row, to the right of Dr. Smith).
After the morning kickoff, students dispersed to various locations around NorthEast Early College High School and the St. Johns nieghborhood to get started on a number of projects. Pictured above are groups of students—joined by Dr. Smith—working in the gardens.
Students working with community partners on various painting and construction projects.
Students take a quick break from their painting project to show their Longhorn pride.
More about The Project
Established in 1999 by the Center for Community Engagement at UT Austin, The Project is the annual culmination of a 12-month partnership effort involving UT Austin student volunteers, city government departments, community organizations and local businesses. Visit the Center for Community Engagement website to learn more.