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Wildcats to swarm Kellond Elementary School

Posted January 31, 2014

More than 500 Wildcats will converge at Kellond Elementary School on March 1 for a "UA Extreme Nonprofit Makeover."

Kellond was chosen for Cats in the Community, a University of Arizona community service program that partners each year with a nonprofit that needs help accomplishing projects.

Among the jobs the U of A students, faculty, staff and families will complete: Painting, installing shade structures, creating a unique Ben's Bells mural and landscaping the grounds. A team from the university's art department will paint additional murals at the school, and members of the university's ROTC will be on campus early to prep for the big workday.

The school will have an open house on March 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. to show off the new look.

Scott Hagerman, principal at Kellond, said the workday will provide more than aesthetic improvements, which are exciting and much needed. It's also a unifying event for the school, which has undergone a lot of changes in the past few years.

"It's a big 'us' moment. It gives us a community-building moment," he said.

Kellond absorbed students from Rogers Elementary when it closed three years ago, and the GATE community from Corbett Elementary came over last year. Three years ago, the school was rated a C; now it has reached A status.

"Families see this workday as a celebration," Hagerman said. "Things are in a really good place."