WARREN – Refurbishing a school may not be as easy as ABC but a community came together to hit the books and the paint brushes, at Warren Community School.
From cleaning, painting to restoring Sheetrock walls, this school is getting a makeover.
“Being able to support them by beautifying the area so that they don’t have to worry about chips on the wall, the paint flaking,” Dayle Purington, a Home Depot sales associate, said. “They can concentrate of their learning.”
This is done by the Belfast Veterans of Foreign Wars, residents of the Midcoast Regional Re-entry Center, along with the Home Depot store in Rockland.
“This is just a way for us to give back because the community has been so good to us,” said Jim Roberts, operations manager of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3108.
The overhaul is being done during school vacation week. The Unified Corrections Administrator for Knox and Waldo County said the 11 inmates helping are proud of the work they get to do.
“I paint for a living so it’s enjoyable for me anyways but I also like giving back to the community,” said Kyle White, an inmate.
At Warren Community School, community is their top priority. The principal said they have a slogan for the kids to keep in mind.
“Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this place,” Principal Justin Kingas said.
An assembly is taking place with the students next Friday to show them the things that can be accomplished when a community comes together.
He said he hopes this project challenges the kids to ask themselves how they can help keep the school beautiful and be a positive little learners.
“We’ve realized that by creating happy, healthy humans we will then create successful humans,” Kingas said.