MILTON, Ga. —Milton High School’s Social Innovators Academy will host a paint drive May 18 to help local residents get rid of unwanted paint while simultaneously benefitting a charitable organization.
The paint drive will benefit Global Paints, which distributes donated household paints to developing countries.
Milton is the first public school to partner with GivingPoint, a local organization championing civic engagement among youth. Created by GivingPoint, the Social Innovators Academy is a seminar held during student’s lunch periods where they are able to learn about becoming entrepreneurs.
Denney Renee, head of Milton’s Talented and Gifted Department, explained that Giving Point organizes guest speakers to teach students about finding their passion and how to turn it into a social project.
Milton students, led by Harshita Challa and Catherine Gorman, developed the paint drive as their social innovation project for this semester.
Challa and Gorman first learned about Global Paints through their first guest speaker and CEO of the company Rony Delgarde. Challa said they chose to start their project because Global Paint’s message resonated with the academy and because the organization tackles multiple problems through one cause.
Gorman explained that Delgarde started Global Paints because of his Haitian heritage and his ability to “see the other end of the problem” where citizens were dying from diseases.
Global Paints’ program takes donated paints from individuals and businesses, repackages them and redistribute them to those in need.
Gorman and Challa are encouraging the community to get involved in the paint drive to make a difference in the lives of others.
The paint drive will be held at Milton High School on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dry paint, oil paint cans, wood stains and rusted cans will not be accepted.
Cash donations to the drive will also be accepted and all paint and proceeds will go to the Global Paints organization.
For more information on the group, visit globalpaints.org.