ROXBURY, NJ - Volunteers recently turned four bathrooms at Roxbury's Franklin Elementary School into "spaces of kindness and inspiration" by painting on their walls inspirational quotes and colorful murals.
The project was initiated in January by the Franklin School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The group's president, Lori Romano, used Facebook to request help from the community.
It wasn't long before there was an overwhelming response from parents willing to donate their time and/or money. Some local businesses also agreed to help by providing supplies, including the Sherwin Williams store in Ledgewood and the Home Depot in Succasunna.
Franklin School Guidance Counselor Gail LaCosta collected a quote from each classroom for the project and assisted with some of the supplies. Franklin School Principal Lisa Ferrare worked with the buildings and grounds department to make arrangements for the classroom bathrooms to be open for the school's aftercare program.
The project took about three weeks to finish. The volunteers worked Fridays between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. and completed the transformation of the bathrooms on Feb. 9.
Four Roxbury High School students - Emily Christel, McKenzie Morgan, Cammy Messer and Camile Guglielmo - chipped in to paint a rainbow mural in the 3rd- and 4th-grade girl's bathroom.
Often, children experiencing bad days will escapes to the bathroom, figured the PTA parents. The goal of the project was to help those children feel better and see there can be a positive outcome for many situations.
"This act of kindness from our Roxbury community will hopefully reflect on our children at Franklin School," Romano said. "All the quotes and cheerful murals are positive images for our children that we hope they can reflect on and enjoy for years to come ... Gotta love our Franklin School parents."
Sherwin Williams store manager Kyle Royer said he was "happy to be a part of helping the community."