July 16, 2010
Youth group assists with residence hall painting
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Two of Northwest's high-rise residence halls got a fresh coat of paint from top to bottom on Friday, thanks to a group of about 220 Kansas City-area youth participating in a service project.
The youth, who are affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and range from 14 to 18 years old, began laying their drop cloths and paint cans around 8 a.m. Friday in Franken and Phillips halls. They had nearly completed their work - the hallways on a total of 12 floors - by 11 a.m.
Northwest Residential Life staff expressed gratitude for the help, noting the halls have needed new paint for several years. Volunteers also painted Dieterich Hall recently.
"If you think about the fact that some of these walls haven't been painted in 15 years, it's huge," said Rose Viau, director of Residential Life. "They're on our list every year, but we just don't have the manpower to do all of the painting."
The youth also added some color to the walls, which had been white. The newly-painted walls are lime green.
"These walls have always been white and our students tell us they want color," Viau said. "Typically an environment that looks better is treated better."
Shayla Emmett, one of 50 adult leaders accompanying the youth, said the church group regularly looks to college campuses for its conferences and service projects. During their two-day stay in Maryville, the youth also have participated in workshops and were planning a luau Friday evening at Mozingo.
"It's great when we can do service," Emmett said. "It's something we really believe in strongly and helping is a good thing for the community."
Northwest staff donated paint tools and supplies for the youth to use during the project.
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