Despite rain and unseasonably cool weather, volunteers also began new projects that included making: a cover for the school’s softball field; a gravel path behind the school; and new picnic tables.
The group also planned on painting the wheelchair ramp they built in June, providing the steady rain let up.
Among the volunteers was 1st Sgt. Christopher Cary of
“It’s great to have a break and help out the community,”
“We were given guidance to continue doing things like this,” said
Welch said the follow-up project was made possible by a $1,800 grant from Home Depot that didn’t come through until after the June projects were completed, but Home Depot employees and materials were donated for the June projects. Bill Turner of Home Depot says the time and resources spent doing such projects are mutually beneficial.
“They had needs for materials and we had the need to go into the community,” said Turner. “We’re also big on working with veterans, especially since they make up the majority of the community.”
Volunteer Ray Luna, also a member of the 2nd Marines, said the school has undergone a noticeable makeover since he last visited as a test proctor.
“It reminded me of my old school back home (in