Roxhill Elementary’s makeover: T-Mobile volunteers star at ‘Home of the Stars’

They have paint, brushes, shovels, wheelbarrows, even a DJ at this morning’s Roxhill Elementary makeover work party featuring hundreds of volunteers from T-Mobile. And Roxhill’s outgoing principal, the district’s new Executive Director of Schools for this region, Carmela Dellino, is there too:

Back in May, Dellino led a meeting at which the school community talked about the campus’s physical challenges – poorly maintained, dilapidated buildings, portables with safety and noise problems – and while this won’t solve them all, it’ll certainly help:

The play-equipment area and nearby garden are getting some TLC too:

Work is going on indoors as well as outdoors:

T-Mobile’s “Huddle Up” community-outreach/employee-volunteerism program is behind all this, and a news release says this is one of 10 “extreme makeovers” the program’s tackling this year, in addition to more than 60 already complete around the country. In addition to painting, cleanup, and playground/garden work (among other things happening there right now), the volunteers’ efforts also will result in “a customized afterschool space stocked with furniture, school supplies, books, and games” to be dubbed the T-Mobile Huddle Up Zone.

12 Replies to "Roxhill Elementary's makeover: T-Mobile volunteers star at 'Home of the Stars'"

  • bridge to somewhere July 26, 2012 (12:50 pm)

    Thanks T-mobile! I drove by Roxhill at 7am and saw some T-Mobile folks getting set-up–and it should be noted, they all looked excited and had smiles. Seemed like a good bunch of people. :-)

  • Cheryl July 26, 2012 (1:55 pm)

    This makes me SO happy! Thank you T-Mobile for making Roxhill so purdy. :-)

  • Lisa Y. July 26, 2012 (2:53 pm)

    This is AWESOME! Roxhill so deserve this makeover, and I hope that someday someone will makeover their playground too. Very hapy for Roxhill!!

  • dbsea July 26, 2012 (4:31 pm)

    That is wonderful, thank you volunteers !

  • Scott July 26, 2012 (5:25 pm)

    I’m so disappointed that I couldn’t help out this year. I work for T-Mobile and signed up for this the day it was announced, but it was already full by the time I submitted the form. Still, it was nice to see such enthusiasm and it looks like they did a good job. I’ll have to be faster next year and find some other volunteer effort in the mean time…

  • Lisa Secord July 26, 2012 (7:19 pm)

    I live close to Roxhill and it was my honor to be part of the cleanup of my neighborhood school today. Last year we did a cleanup project in North Seattle. I’m proud to work for a company that encourages and provides opportunities for its employees to give back to our communities in meaningful and impactful ways. Our employees really are a caring bunch. We may have been sweaty, but we were smiling!!

  • alkigirl July 26, 2012 (9:53 pm)

    Thanks to all the volunteers and to T Mobile. Refreshing the school helps our students know they MATTER!!

  • wsea July 26, 2012 (10:25 pm)

    Please remove Dee’s childish comment. It personal attach on good people making our community better. I thought that was banned.

    • WSB July 26, 2012 (10:37 pm)

      Sorry, once in a while something gets through and shouldn’t have, but thanks for the flag. Gone.

  • Chellie July 26, 2012 (10:29 pm)

    Huge thanks to the T-Mobile and community volunteers. I so wish I could have participated today. As a Roxhill teacher, I can honestly say that our school is exemplary. I am excited to walk around the campus and see the changes. Our Roxhill family will appreciate the work that was done today.

  • Brandon July 27, 2012 (6:57 am)

    As someone who is a WS native and a T-Mobile employee who participated in the event I must say that it was very rewarding to see the excitement on the kids faces when they saw the new space.

  • Brian July 27, 2012 (2:47 pm)

    As an employee of T-Mobile for almost seven years, I have participated in many of our Huddle Up events. I must say that the community welcomed us with open arms and it was an honor to help renovate Roxhill Elementary. There is so much more we can do as a community. Get out and volunteer at your local school or community center. A little help goes a long way in the lives of these children.

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