More than 100 students, parents and staff volunteers painted Higley High School’s gymnasiums last month in the first “Pride Project” for the campus.
The U-Knighted Kingdom, a group that formed this year to support the school, organized the event.
“I think the biggest thing is just to come together as a community,” said Misty Trendler, a Higley mom and founding member of U-Knighted Kingdom. “The students have so much pride in their school.”
Britt Booher, another U-Knighted Kingdom mom said; “United Kingdom is more than a name. We want to unite the community and our district.”
Superintendent Mike Thomason and Dr. Michael Fowler, the district’s director of facilities, operations and athletics, put the first paint on the walls.
Several school and district staff members also volunteered.
“I think it’s good that the students saw the district there. They know they’re cared for,” Trendler said.
“The kids had a great time. I had people come and ask to do more. There was so much excitement,” said Caroline Lamoreaux, another U-Knighted Kingdom mom.
Higley High School Principal Roseyn Hood was greatly appreciative of the group and the effort.
“This was an amazing event with tremendous support and participation,” Hood said.
“This was the first project,” Booher said. “Committees are looking at the needs of different areas. Some are looking at the hallways, press box, the exterior. Some are looking at the media center and the office. We are looking for ways to improve those areas to have Pride Projects for the whole community to be involved.”
The next event will be in October.
To learn more and get involved, check out The U-Knighted Kingdom Facebook page or e-mail the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.