RPS Shines Kicks-Off Across the Division
The second annual RPS Shines initiative launched today at Albert Hill Middle School. Students, families, and community members joined Superintendent Jason Kamras and City leaders to celebrate the effort and recognize all the volunteers who are dedicating their time and resources to beautify RPS schools.
The goal of RPS Shines is to ensure that all RPS students feel valued and cared for by improving and beautifying their learning environments. In partnerships with community organizations from across the region, RPS is hosting beautification days at each school, designing and creating murals, and improving school restrooms through the Bathroom Blitz project.
Volunteers can donate their time, money or expertise in three different ways:
- Beautification days: Volunteers will enhance school buildings and grounds by painting walls, organizing libraries, cleaning bathrooms, picking up trash, mowing the grass, and more.
- Bathroom Blitz: This initiative aims to improve school restrooms, electricity, HVAC systems, and other infrastructure at schools across the community.
- Community Murals: In collaboration with local artists, the mural project will engage the community in creating artwork that beautifies our schools and celebrates the rich diversity of our students and families.
“RPS Shines is one way that we show our students how much we value and love them,” said Superintendent Jason Kamras. “We are so thankful for the support of our community partners and every volunteer who plans to donate their time, resources, or skills so that our schools shine a bit brighter for our students this fall.”
Events were held across the District Saturday at Southampton Elementary, J.L. Francis Elementary, Oakgrove-Bellemeade Elementary, Carver Elementary, Barack Obama Elementary, Albert Hill Middle School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, Armstrong High School, and George Wythe High School. Additional events will be held at every school in the Division in the coming weeks.
“When we launched RPS Shines last year, I was so touched by the outpouring of love for our schools,” said RPS School Board Chair Dawn Page. “The contributions of the Richmond community will directly benefit our students who deserve safe, clean, and inspiring learning environments. On behalf of the rest of the School Board, I want to thank every individual who is participating in RPS Shines to enhance the beauty at all of our schools!”
Last year, over 1,000 Richmonders and 75 community organizations partnered with RPS to beautify our schools. Even more community support is anticipated this year, with over 600 volunteers signing up within the first two weeks of Superintendent Kamras’ call to action.
For more information and to sign-up for an RPS Shines event, visit https://www.rvaschools.net/rps-shines.