It wasn’t Tom Sawyer’s friends whitewashing a fence in St. Augustine on Saturday; it was members of the faculty and staff of Jacksonville Country Day School (JCDS). The JCDS team members recently dedicated a sunny Saturday to painting a fence and porch decking on a home near downtown St. Augustine.
The service project was coordinated through the St. Johns Housing Partnership by JCDS physical education specialist Doug Postell. The project was on a property with a historic house built in 1904 by a Minorcan family. There was also an education component to the project, as the property housed a small Montessori school from 1966 to 2006.
The homeowner, Judy Sharp, said about the new look of her property: "I'm ecstatic! It's marvelous! It is emotionally uplifting.”
Ms. Sharp is one of the 5,000 victims in St. Augustine of Hurricane Matthew, which left several feet of water on her property. It's been difficult for her to fully recover from the storm, as she is retired and insurance didn’t cover the full cost. The team from JCDS was happy to lend a hand, as most of the team members had experienced the hurricane firsthand.
The St. Johns Housing Partnership promotes safe, decent and affordable housing in north Florida by creating links between the public and private sectors on projects that create low- and moderate-income housing, rebuild neglected homes and neighborhoods. This benefits disadvantaged areas and enhances community economic and social development.
“Our school community wanted to come together in order to aid someone who was in need of our assistance,” Coach Postell said.