Sam Rayburn High students spruce up a South Houston home as part of the 2011 Rebuilding Houston Together project.
The Pasadena ISD is looking for a few good men -- and women -- to join forces for the fourth annual Seniors Helping Seniors project set for May 25.
A day of heat, hard work and heartfelt community service are in store for hundreds of Pasadena ISD seniors who will be rolling up their sleeves for home fix-up projects across Pasadena, South Houston and the South Belt area.
District students have completed 76 home projects over the past three years. This year organizers have committed to 24 additional dwellings - which would bring the four-year total to 100 homes.
Homes selected belong to senior citizens who have no financial means or who lack the physical ability to paint, repair or do other types of labor.
The Seniors Helping Seniors initiative is part of area-wide Rebuilding Houston Together project.
"This will be the largest Rebuilding Together project ever conducted," said Jayne McFarland, the career and technical education coordinator for the district's L.P. Card Career and Technical Center.
"Rebuilding Together Houston provides the building materials and the paint. However, however we must provide the manpower, paint brushes, scrapers, t-shirts, pizzas and other items needed to complete the project."
The district estimates the total projected cost at $5,000.
"We've already had parents and contacts from elementary and middle school campuses asking what their students can do to support our seniors," McFarland said.
"It truly reaches beyond community service. Our high school seniors are giving of themselves to help senior citizens residing in the very community they grew up in. They come back changed when they realize that they have something to offer, even if it is just one day."
Those interested in supporting this year's event can send donations to: Jayne McFarland, L.P. Card Career and Technical Center, 4320 Crenshaw, Pasadena, 77504. Check should be made payable to the Pasadena ISD.
For additional information, call 713-740-0802.