“I'm really proud of the way McGuinness has come together for this,” Kearns said. “One of the things we say about McGuinness is that we're a family. This is an opportunity to show that to the community at large.”
McMillin said the project gave the students a chance to help members of the community that needed support.
“It's been for rewarding getting to help someone who wouldn't get this help if we weren't here, as far as us fixing it up and making it look nice for the women who come here.”
Several seniors helping with beautification efforts outside the center said they enjoyed the opportunity to serve.
“We're trying to make the center look more approachable so that people will take the time to stop and see what's inside,” Casey Burnstein, 17, said as he raked leaves with fellow seniors Mike Cardenas, 18, and Obi Nwokolo, 17.
Several young people planted flowers and helped prune trees.
“It's a nice way to give back,” Suzanne Cisneros, 18, said.
“You don't really know how to give back to the community sometimes, but the small things help.”
Meanwhile, Chamberlain said she was ultimately impressed with the young people's compassion for the women who are the center's focus.
“I couldn't ask for a better group of kids,” Chamberlain said. “They're going to be our leaders someday.”