The Sebring High School IB (International Baccalaureate) students “Care Mob” came prepared to work on March 1.
The purpose of the Care Mob is to promote community caring, awareness of the Highlands Art League and the importance of art and culture in the local community.
The IB Program at Sebring High School is a magnet program that provides highly motivated college-bound students the opportunity to participate in a rigorous liberal arts curriculum.
The students spent the day cleaning, painting and landscaping the four buildings that make up the HAL’s Art Village on Lakeview Drive in Sebring.
Some of the local businesses that donated supplies included: Marmer Construction, Edgewood Landscape, Scosta Supply, Porter Paints and Palmer Ace Hardware.
Painting the Art League sign that faces out on Lakeview was tackled by Natalie Hintz, Candace Nacino, Hannah Kesselring and Alexa Sanchez.
“This is good for the youth in the community,” said Sanchez. “It helps to bring out creativity and adds color to our city.”
Alana Reid and Brittany Inch were working on delicate detailing around the front windows of the Yellow House.
“We like helping out. We’re NHS (National Honor Society) students too. It’s great to be able to give back to our community,” said Inch.
The grounds crew consisted of a lively group: Mehak Khan, Christina Henry, Cassy Rios and Kiara Lopez. They really seemed to be having a good time, enjoying the camaraderie and the lovely spring-like weather as they descended upon the HAL campus.
“We love being outside and being able to help beautify our art community,” said Lopez.
“It’s great to be able to help promote the arts to the youth in our community. We’re having a lot of fun, too,” Henry said.
The students enjoyed lunch, being served by Joanna Cochlin, Sebring High School IB coordinator.
“This is a great community service project. The NHS kids love to help spruce up the Art League. They’re doing the painting, cleaning and yard work.”
Assisting Cochlin was Highlands School Board candidate Clinton Culverhouse. Culverhouse not only helped serve the students, he purchased and even cooked the meat for their sandwiches.
After lunch, it was back to work. The Visual Arts Center was painted a teal color with yellow trim, a nice complement to the adjacent Yellow House.
The transformation occurring at the HAL campus was looking pretty good. With more than 85 students making the commitment to help out in this wonderful project, the community and HAL will have more beauty to share with everyone.