Rockford- Refurbished halls, a 21st century library and a fresh coat of paint have Jefferson High School students and parents smiling.
"I think it's wonderful everything looks so much nicer. The hallways are cleaner, better carpet, and better desks. It’s a lot cleaner than last year," said student Amber Brown.
"I love it. It looks so much nicer than what it used to. It looks cleaner and everything," explained student Myranda Trapp.
Thousands of volunteers from Rockford’s Sharefest pitched in to help clean-up, where they left off RPS contractors got to work.
"You can see the result of a partnership. I mean this place looks phenomenal," said Rockford Sharefest Director Creig Day.
Brand new floors and ceiling tiles give way to that phenomenal feeling. It’s a fresh start for Jefferson High School debuting Academic Academies for students. Academic Academies will hopefully be implemented in other District 205 high schools.
"It feels like a new school. The kids came in, and I’ve been really excited to see what the kids expressions were, on Monday when they got to school on the first day of school they were overwhelmed," said Jefferson High School Principal Don Rundall.
Sharefest Director Creig Day says the partnership is an important lesson for the community.
"I believe we have huge amounts of untapped potential in our community and by doing projects like this we begin to realize that potential," said Day.
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