Gary-Ortiz Elementary School in Little Village gets makeover before hosting Taste of Chicago event

Gary-Ortiz Elementary School in Little Village gets makeover before hosting Taste of Chicago event

CHICAGO (TOC) — The Gary-Ortiz Elementary Faculty campus in Little Village received a large makeover Wednesday.

Previous shrubs have been dug up and new ones put in. A mural was touched up, and each inch of the soccer turf received a deep cleansing.

A small military of volunteers was introduced in to beautify the property earlier than it turns into the backdrop of Style of Chicago this Saturday. It is certainly one of three neighborhood-based mini-fests earlier than the primary occasion subsequent month in Grant Park.

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My Block, My Hood, My Metropolis was simply one of many organizations lending a hand.

“That is the primary time that it is right here in arguably the largest Latino group within the Midwest,” mentioned Ernesto Gonzalez.

The Chicago Fireplace soccer membership additionally supplied plenty of assist with beautifying the property.

“It is rather scorching, however we’re Chicago Fireplace, so go Fireplace,” volunteer Leslie Mojica mentioned.

Placing in some work was Chris Mueller, a ahead with the Fireplace, doing his half to place a contemporary coat of paint on the varsity’s fence.

“Being from Chicago, a child from Chicago, I believe it is necessary we care for these locations that may carry folks collectively,” Mueller mentioned.

Jackie Covarrubias with Little Village-based group Past the Ball mentioned the cleanup will profit households on the lookout for an inviting place to play with their children.

“If there’s rubbish in every single place, if the fences don’t have any paint on them or the paint is chipping off, the house does not really feel protected anymore,” she mentioned. “And if the house does not really feel protected, folks aren’t going to come back out and play in it.”

As soon as the work right here is completed, not solely will the grounds be prepared for this Saturday, organizers say this shall be a brand new and improved place the group can take pleasure in.

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