Volunteers prepare vacant building for school year

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Volunteers worked this weekend to open one of the city’s newest charter schools.

Saturday, dozens of volunteers joined in to clean up an old, vacant building in the 1100 block of 22nd Street. It will soon be home to the Indianapolis Academy of Excellence: A Challenge Foundation Academy. The school will focus on citizenship and entrepreneurial skills.

Workers spent hours picking up trash, organizing materials and washing windows.

“This day really allows us to get the mess out of the way, if you will, so that we can really begin the interior work of the school to get it ready to open,” School Director, Joe Burleson told 24-Hour News 8.

When the school opens in August, it will serve children Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Administrators say they plan to eventually expand to 8th grade.

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