Cheryl Hines School Pride Series Debut

By: John Lester
Staff Writer
Published: Oct 20, 2021

Cheryl Hines School Pride Series Debut

Cheryl Hines School Pride series debut. School Pride is a project that cleans facilities with Cheryl Hines as producer. It's similar to Extreme Makeover as Cheryl Hines cleans up run-down schools with pride.

Hines, School Pride's executive producer is behind the camera in the new reality series. She will "pop up here and there to try and guide people who might be inspired by the show," she says. "When I go to work as an actress, I show up in an air-conditioned, nice place and somebody gets me coffee, and they do my hair and do my makeup until somebody tells me to go to the next air-conditioned room. On this project, I might have a toilet-bowl brush in my hand. I might be painting a classroom. At the end of the day, I just feel dirty and good."

A feeling she might not have if it weren't for daughter Catherine Rose, 6, who started first grade this year. "Before I had my daughter, I really didn't think about schools at all," Hines says. "When she started school, it made me think about other parents and children, and made me feel like it does take a village. The idea of a child going to a school where the lights don't work, where the toilets don't flush, it makes me sad."

School Pride began with a "cold call" a few years ago to the principal of a school in Compton, Calif., where she volunteered. What she saw was "a bigger project than jump ropes and soccer balls. The school hadn't been painted in 28 years." The playground couldn't be used because the sand was infested with bugs. After renovations were completed, the series idea sprouted.

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