Hopewell School staff members volunteer

| May 31, 2018

Hopewell School staff members Ben McCormick, Dave McCarty and Tina Palmiter had a little fun while doing some painting at The Salvation Army. The school’s staff spent time on May 30 doing volunteer work at The Salvation Army and the Coshocton County Handicapped Society. Josie Sellers | Beacon

COSHOCTON – The staff at Hopewell School traded in its school supplies for paint brushes and rollers on May 30.

“We wanted to give back to the community, which supports us and votes for our levies,” said Shannon Shontz, director of education at Hopewell School. “Without them (the community) we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.”

She and Superintendent Steve Oster organized the work day and split the staff between the Coshocton County Handicapped Society and The Salvation Army.

“We appreciate them a bunch,” said Candy Angle, president of the handicapped society.

The volunteers from Hopewell painted lines on the parking lot at the handicapped society, freshened up the yellow caution paint where there are steps down and repainted the storage shed in the parking lot.

“The paint was really getting faded, but now it pops,” Angle said.

She added that water for the volunteers was provided by Kyle Libby State Farm, Baker’s IGA and Rural King.

The group of Hopewell School staff volunteers at The Salvation Army gave the Maxx Center a fresh coat of paint.

“We’ve been trying to partner with Hopewell for a while, but their schedule and ours just never matched,” said Captain Victoria Clark. “We honed down this date in April though and got it on the calendar so we could bring them in to volunteer.”

The room they were painting is used for youth activities and Clark said this summer it will also receive some character building murals.

“We call it the Maxx Center because we want to teach kids to live life to the fullest,” she said.

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