With rollers and brushes in hand, a dozen or so members of the U.S. Coast Guard went to work last week, giving the fourth and fifth grade hallway at Oneco Elementary School a fresh coat of paint.
It’s been about four or five years since the hallway got a fresh coat of the pale blue paint, said assistant principal Brandy Tackett, who also joined the painting party. Tackett hooked up with officials in the Coast Guard, who donated their time and manpower, with Tackett providing the paint and materials.
“We like to help out when we can,” said boatswain’s mate James Newton.
The crew worked in and around children who are attending some of the district summer programs at the school, asking the children to walk very carefully through the hallways to their classrooms. They worked a full day Wednesday and expected maybe one or two to return the coming week to touch up the job.
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Previous Coast Guard community projects include Habitat for Humanity, reading to children at school and participating in career days, among other projects. Newton said it’s important to get out in the community and give back.
Tackett said she appreciated the help. In previous summers, the walls have gotten good scrubbings to keep them fresh and clean for the students, but after a while, the wear and tear has an effect.
“They just get worn,” she said. “It’s been a while.”