SCOTLANDVILLE, La. (BRPROUD)– A group of 200 volunteers used Monday, Jan. 16 to paint a local pathway to success. The volunteers painted the walkway that connects the Jewel J. Newman Community Center with Scotlandville High School.

“It’s a two-year-old project I’ve been hoping and praying and dreaming about,” said Councilwoman Chauna Banks, East Baton Rouge Parish. “It has finally come true.”

Councilwoman Banks says the pathway, which she believes is essential to the community, was in need of an upgrade. According to Banks, volunteers started the project four days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“So, we were thinking how important it is to have a beautiful walkway for persons who are visiting here, whether it’s our seniors or children or students,” Banks said. “And (now) they have a beautiful walkway that leads to the other side.”

Volunteers included students from LSU- and Southern University as well as representatives from Dow Chemical, City Year Baton Rouge, and other organizations.

One of those volunteers is eight-year-old Madysen Thomas. The third grader says Dr. King inspires her.

“He was a nice man… he was very kind,” said Thomas. “It’s important to be kind to people.”

Councilwoman Banks says MLK Jr. Day of Service is a time to help the community, and the completion of this project illustrates how to provide such help.