By Staff Sgt. Patrice Clarke
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
The Schriever Child Development Center completed much needed aesthetic upgrades throughout October with the help of base agencies and countless volunteers here.
The upgrades, which included a complete painting overhaul and new furniture for every room in the building, came after suggestions from inspectors during a recent evaluation.
Jessica Parks, Schriever CDC director, commented this is the first time the entire building has been painted since the center opened its doors more than 12 years ago.
“It was time to get this done,” said Parks. “Especially around children, walls and furniture take a beating. These were upgrades that were needed. It all comes down to the safety and health of the children in our care.”
Members of the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron painted the building in record time.
“[Members of] CE really worked hard to get the painting completed and with minimal interruption to classrooms,” said Mary Barkley, 50th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Services Flight chief. “They really worked with our schedule; painting after hours and on off days so that it would be complete for the children with no loss of service. Hats off to them for doing this so quickly.”
Along with a complete paint job, the CDC also received new furniture. More than 30 volunteers helped haul out old furniture and bring in new furniture.
“The volunteers moved more than 10,000 pounds of new furniture into the building and helped set the furniture up for us,” said Parks.
Barkley continued they couldn’t have done anything without the many base volunteers who helped with the staff at the CDC with the move.
“The staff has worked so hard in getting the rooms set back up after doing a complete overhaul, from hanging photos to putting in the new furniture, they have just done an amazing job,” said Barkley.
The Schriever School Age Program, located inside of the CDC also got an upgrade with the creation of the preteen room for children ages 9-12.
“While doing the upgrades we set aside a room specifically for preteens age 9-12, in the school age program,” said Parks. “This way they have a space for themselves that is away from the younger school-age students.”
Children currently in the school age program helped with the creation of the room.
“Our current goal is to grow the school age program,” said Barkley. “That starts with giving those students their own room they helped design.”
The upgrades wrapped up in October and all students and staff are back to normal operations.
“This is just another way that we work hard to create a safe and fun environment for the children,” said Barkley. “That’s what is important, that the children are in a safe environment so that the parents can go to work and have their mind fully on the mission at hand.”