RSU Upward Bound Students Help Repair Tulsa Home

Friday, June 19th 2009, 4:08 pm
By: News On 6

By Craig Day, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Scorching temperatures didn't stop a group of teens from putting the finishing touches on a home repair project.  The home, in Tulsa's historic Brady Heights District, really needed some tender loving care.  Along with a local non-profit group, the teens were there to lend a hand.

The home at 1165 North Cheyenne in Tulsa is getting a much needed makeover.

"It's just wonderful.  It's just wonderful," said Alfretta Whitley, homeowner.

And, a group of teenagers is playing a big part.  The students are part of Rogers State University's Upward Bound program.  It is a six week program designed to improve students' academic skills and cultural and social awareness.  They're spending part of their time working on Alfretta Whitley's home of 28 years.

"This is their community service day and they picked us at Rebuilding Tulsa Together to work with," said Kim Rolston with Rebuilding Tulsa Together.

The students are doing the final touches of a six week project by Rebuilding Tulsa Together to fix up Mrs. Whitley's home.  The non-profit group helps people over 60 with home repairs.  Whitley's house is their 150th project this year.

"They actually are realizing they have something that they can contribute to the community," said Mike Hogan with RSU's Upward Bound.

And even though they are working hard, they're having fun at the same time.

"It looks good.  It looks good.  None of us are experienced, but you can't tell the difference," said Myeasha Craven with Upward Bound.

But, you can tell the impact they're having on others, by looking at Alfretta Whitley's face.

"Oh it's just a blessing to me.  I just really thank the Lord for this," said Alfretta Whitley.

It's hoped the students will learn a lesson of service they'll keep up the rest of their lives as they make 1165 North Cheyenne and the world a better place.