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August 16, 2010

Hollenbeck Ready for TV "Makeover"

New Hour-Long Fall TV Program Bringing
Community Together to Give Boost to 90 Year-Old Campus
NBC's "School Pride," a new fall television program, has chosen Hollenbeck Middle School to receive a colorful facelift. The offer came from the producers of a new TV show, slated to premiere this fall. One of the show's creators also produced "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," in which a team of professionals shows up to turn a dreary home into a showcase.

When the show's producers put out feelers, schools and school districts around the country begged to be chosen for the program. Recently, the show's crew set up shop in Baton Rouge, La., where a local elementary school was given the A-list treatment. Late last spring, "School Pride" gave Compton's Enterprise Middle School a miraculous  makeover over a 10-day stretch. Hundreds of students, teachers, parents and community volunteers rolled their sleeves to paint, scrub, clean, remove graffiti and rebuild the athletic field.

"We were very happy with the results," said Assistant Principal Kim Gaston. He said there's been a noticeable change in the attitude of students, who are taking more pride in their campus. "I have not had to make one phone call to have graffiti removed, and it was almost a daily thing before."

"School Pride's" executive producer, Denise Cramsey, and Jacob Soboroff, one of the on-air personalities, met with L.A. Unified Supt. Ramon C. Cortines, made their best pitch and got the green light days later.

The Hollenbeck fun begins Sunday, Aug. 22 and runs through Saturday, Aug. 28. Sign up for your shift today and get a free t-shirt! 


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