A friendly competition leads to a new look.
Constellation Energy employees did a little sprucing up at Lombard Middle, turning it into Crossroads School and giving the charter school a makeover.
"They are all really excited and there is some really great competitive spirit going on here a lot of smack talking," said Carrie Stockwell, Constellation grants manager.
There is a lot of talking but it's mostly painting through The Living Classrooms Foundation. The non-profit runs a variety of education and workforce development programs throughout Baltimore.
"Constellation has helped to paint, beautify and clean and really transform the building into a better learning environment for our students," said Rebekah Meyer of Living Classrooms.
Added Jheannelle LaGuerre, another Constellation project manager: "The school is a good school but, having just extra color and everything really does motivate the kids you know, to just come in and know that one, people care about the community because we are all in the community and we are just giving back.
"Two, that we really want to be here for their success and that schools are fun and enjoy so whenever they walk past this hallway instead of it just being white and plain, they are going to have colors that represent what the school is committed to them and to the parents and to the community."
The commitment from Constellation goes beyond a new coat of paint and last throughout the year.
"We volunteer with them throughout the year, we have about 15 mentors that on mentors students on a bi-weekly basis, we have really developed a relationship with the students and the school so we are really excited to partner with living classrooms and the Crossroads school," Stockwell said.
Added Meyer: "So I think our students are going to notice the huge difference, they are going to notice that the school looks and feels better and are going to appreciate that enough people cared about them to come out and spenf their day helping."