HOW PAINTING AN OLD ROCK BRIGHTENED A SCHOOLYARD
Every now and then you get a chance to help the community with your time and talent. Recently I was able to have just such an opportunity for a fun weekend volunteer project.
My wife is a math coach in Staunton, Virginia. Before the first day of school, she asked me to dust off my sign painting skills to help repaint the spirit rock in the school playground. The original bee mascot had seen better days. Why not get the kids jazzed up and give them a fresh, bright start for 2014 versus having them feel sad that their poor old bee friend was all faded out and struggling to survive?
We thought maybe the newly painted rock could indirectly be a sign of all the exciting new things in store for them as they started a brand new school year, some seeing school for the very first time. We hoped the new hand painted logo would create lots of smiles!
The volunteer project took a mere three hours to complete, but perhaps it will set a happy tone at one Virginia elementary school for many years to come for both students and teachers alike!
Top Photo: The way the rock looked at the start of the project. The entire rock was cleaned and coated with fresh, white paint.
Center Photo: Painting the chrome yellow and black parts of the bee with a small lettering brush.
Bottom Photo: The finished product!
Written by: Mark Hackley
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