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Overview:( The!purpose!of!this!project!is!to!highlight!the!beauty!within!the!neighborhood! surrounding!Montevallo!Middle!School.!This!neighborhood!houses!treasures!that!can!be!lost!to! passersby!who!only!see!the!properties!that!are!in!disrepair.!The!vision!for!the!project!is!to! create!a!village,!which!can!be!a!cornerstone!of!the!City!of!Montevallo!and!serve!as!a!model!for! improving!other!communities!within!the!area.!We!anticipate!that,!with!the!right!type!of! support!from!within!the!neighborhood!and!the!broader!community,!houses!can!be!restored!to! their!original!condition!or!better,!the!Housing!Authority!can!be!a!place!of!peace!and!beauty,! Montevallo!Middle!School!can!serve!as!an!educational!hub!for!continuing!education!classes!and! the!community!can!be!redesigned!for!safer!and!more!efficient!land!and!street!use.!! ! Implementation(Steps:(((( • November(2011:!Formed!Shoal!Creek!Prentice!Village!Task!Force! o Comprised!of!neighborhood!residents,!city!leaders,!Habitat!for!Humanity!staff,! and!University!of!Montevallo!representatives! March(2012:!Presentation!of!neighborhood!beautification!awards! April(2012:!over!300!university!students!volunteer!during!the!“Big!Event,”!with!a!central! focus!on!SCPV! o Painted!4!homes!and!roofed!one!in!collaboration!with!Habitat!for!Humanity!! o Removed!4!truckloads!of!debris!from!area! o Assisted!residents!with!lawn!maintenance!and!landscaping!projects!!! June(2012:!Launched!Service!Learning!Course!SOC411/511:!“Rural!Environments,! Communities,!and!WellTBeing”!to!support!efforts! o Asset!mapping!and!needs!assessment! o Neighborhood!cleanup!and!lawn!maintenance!! o Ideas:!Ways!to!link!generations! ! Newsletter! July(2012:!Painted!two!houses!in!collaboration!with!Habitat!for!Humanity! July(2012:!Awarded!$8,000!David!Mathews!Center!Internship!Grant! September(2012:!Awarded!$450,000!Community!Development!Block!Grant!for! infrastructure!improvements! November(2012:(First!issue!of!“Prentice!Village!Voice,”!newsletter!written!by!MMS!6th! graders,!published!and!distributed!throughout!the!community!



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Future(Planned(Projects:( • • • • ( ( Community!Garden! Historical!research!project! Provide!community!education!courses!at!middle!school! o GED,!budgeting,!fitness!and!nutrition,!gardening!! Middle!School!Sculpture!projectTUniversity!Service!Learning!Course!!

( ( Presenter(Contact(information:!! Hollie(C.(Cost,!Ph.D.,!Professor!of!Special!Education!and!Service!Learning!Coordinator! University!of!Montevallo,!Station!6006,!Montevallo,!AL!35115! Tel:!205.914.0106;!Email:!costhc@montevallo.edu! Deborah(Lowry,!Ph.D.!Assistant!Professor!of!Sociology! Department!of!Behavioral!and!Social!Sciences,!Station!6182,!Montevallo,!AL!35115! Tel:!205.665.6182;!Email:!dlowry1@montevallo.edu!! Courtney(Bennett,!AmeriCorps*VISTA! University!of!Montevallo,!Station!6006,!Montevallo,!AL!35115! Tel:!256.225.6653;!Email:!cbennett@forum.montevallo.edu
Project Catalyst: Mr. Thomas (“Topcat”) Lily, community resident

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