LSU students volunteer fixing up area schools

LSU Freshman class members on Saturday painted Baton Rouge area schools as part of a community service project. At Lee High School, LSU students Laura Sonnier, 19, of Jennings; Carrington Cain, 18, of Bossier City; and Rachel Anderson and Sophie Johnson, both 18, of Metairie, painted a hallway. (TRAVIS SPRADLING/The Advocate)

Austin Firesheets is taller than some of his LSU classmates, so he got to paint the higher parts of rusty exterior window frames at Robert E. Lee High School Saturday morning.

Firesheets, 18, who is 6 feet tall and a 2012 graduate of Central High School, was one of nearly 800 LSU freshman class members who scraped, painted, cleaned and generally spruced up nine East Baton Rouge Parish School District schools during the 10th annual LSU Community Bound volunteer program.

The event, part of the LSU Campus Life and LSU Honors College, is designed to introduce the students to each other and provide a way they can give something back to the community.

“My parents went here, actually,” said Firesheets, an electrical engineering major whose parents graduated from Lee High in the early 1970s. The fact that more than 100 students were painting and cleaning showed, Firesheets said, that “there are quite a few young people in my generation who are compassionate and thoughtful of others.”