Kids helping other kids stay safe.
On Tuesday a project was underway in Hartford to improve the walk to an elementary school and organizers are hopeful it provides a little inspiration to the students too.
With a little pep and some paint, students and community members set out to transform an intersection and the sidewalks near Fred D. Wish Elementary School in Hartford.
“For hope and joy and keep people out of the streets and stuff,” Nevaehn Stevens said.
One of those helping to organize this project at Barbour and Kensington Streets was Tania Banks.
“I feel like it gives them a confidence boost. It lets them know they can be part of something bigger,” Banks said.
Banks tells us they’ve been sketching out this idea for months. It took different groups coming together to pull it off.
“Because a lot of violence and bad things have been going on in the community and we feel like the first step is with us,” Banks said.
With each brush, they hoped the art and clean-up serves as an inspiration. There will be school-related images, as well a message in the intersection that “You are loved.”
It’s all about creating a sense of pride, according to Courtenay Jackson, who is with the North Hartford Promise Zone.
“It’s going to feel like one step. Let’s move onto the next project. You know. How can we keep and maintain things? So it’s all about how we can grow and learn together,” Jackson said.