The Pine Bluff School District’s Freedom Schools Program will give ​First Ward School a cosmetic makeover during a community service day.


The event will be held at First Ward, 1300 E. Fifth Ave., from 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26.


“Freedom School scholars, with the help of the community, will give the First Ward building a cosmetic makeover, improving the landscape of the surrounding community and making the building a great place for scholars to learn, grow, and become productive citizens,” according to a news release.


Pine Bluff’s Freedom School students will engage in discussions on the importance of community service.


“School climate and culture is at the core of any successful school and/or program,” a spokesman said in a news release. “A key part of climate and culture is a building that is conducive and reflective of the learning environment.”


The community is encouraged to join them or make donations to help enhance First Ward school.


For details on Freedom Schools, visit http://www.childrensdefense.org/programs/freedomschools/ or for local details, contact Zach Lewis, program director, at ​zach.lewis@pinebluffschools.org​ or 870-209-0076.