The start of the school year is an exciting time for both teachers and students. Over the summer, the school has had extra TLC. Teachers return early to prepare their rooms for the year ahead. The classes are filled with fun and engaging activities, everything to start the year off on the right foot. Many hours of planning and preparation goes into ensuring the first day of school will go seamlessly.

This year, the girls at CARES Center Jackson used their creativity to decorate the hallways and get them ready for the first day of school.

“The girls worked with staff to search the internet for door decorations to get the CARES School ready for classes to start back,” said Andrea Baldwin, Recreation Coordinator for CARES. “They enjoy doing arts and crafts. This is a great way to encourage them to have pride in their school.”

The girls chose designs for each classroom door based on that classroom’s specified subject. With the help of staff, the girls collected supplies and began crafting out the pieces of each design.

“I really enjoyed being creative,” said A.M., 15. “It is really cool to see your work come together and look just how you planned it.”

“This is a good way for us to work together to make the designs turn out right,” said S.D. 17.

The girls decorated the hallways for approximately a week including classroom doors, bulletin boards and walls.

“Over the summer, everything had to be taken down so the floors could be redone and the walls painted,” said Casey, Resident Care Specialist at CARES. “The girls were so excited to bring back some color and creativity. This has been a great project for them.”

The girls said they were happy to be able to help out the teachers who do so much for them during the school year.

“They are so busy,” said L.C., 14. “Now they don’t have to worry about rushing to get everything ready for the first day of school. They can focus on getting ready for class.”