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The HR team volunteered during Month of Service at KIPP Prize Preparatory Academy. KIPP is a free, open-enrollment, public charter school in San Jose, California. 46% of the students are English language learners and 88% qualify for free and reduced-price meals. The school principal shared with us that she would like to create an environment for her students that’s just as nice as other better funded schools.

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It was our job to add color to the school campus. We painted dull-colored doors with more upbeat colors and added the school value symbols on classroom doors. We also painted a large mural with the school mantra to work hard and be nice.

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The highlight for me was when the kids shared that they liked the new look of the school. One young boy said to me, “You are such a good artist. It looks beautiful,” which made my day. Another student commented how much better the school was looking and thanked me. I felt that I made a difference and am proud that SAP supports volunteer work and beautification projects at schools with less resources.

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We had a great time as a team and are ready to go back to paint more colorful happy walls.  

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