International Day of Service
Jeremiah Itula, Volunteer said, "It feels good to be able to give back and try to do something to help the students here." Howard High School students will get to enjoy a fresh new environment in their cafeteria come Monday. Jae Pratt, Camelot Care Centers Counselor said, "We have been working with the students here over the years, one on one, individually, just helping them with different aspects of their lives. So today, we wanted to do something more hands on and give them a more pleasant place where they can have lunch and breakfast." More than a dozen volunteers from Camelot Care Centers came ready to paint the cafeteria walls. Itula said, "School can be stressful and lunch time is one of the times they can take a break and enjoy themselves and fellowship with their friends, so we just want to make sure its an inviting environment for that to happen."
Camelot Care Centers Regional Director Trudy Pratt says the organization wants to make a difference in students’ lives. Pratt said, "We actually picked Howard High School because of the need for counseling and case management services here. This is an area that is wide open, and we see the amount of crime that has taken place this year in Chattanooga, and we want to go where the problems are and where the problems exist."
Representatives with Howard High School could not be more appreciative of their efforts. Zach Brown, Howard High School Executive Principal said, "To have Camelot Services to come in and select Howard as a school that they want to devote their time and efforts to, it means a lot." Representatives want students to create mark making designs for the cafeteria, similar to the 20/20 Vision Murals on Riverfront Parkway, in the coming months.