Petersburg school officials seek volunteers to help paint high school

Published: Jul. 30, 2018 at 1:12 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2018 at 6:51 PM EDT
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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Are you a painter? Are you good with a paintbrush? Or are you just looking for a new volunteer opportunity?

Petersburg school officials are looking for volunteers to help them paint Petersburg High School this summer.

"We're refreshing all the class rooms and touching up the hallways to give students and staff members a new environment a clean environment something they can be proud of when they come back to school," said public Information officer Leigh Ann McKelway.

Giving the once brown walls a new look. In hopes of motivating students in the classroom.

"One child may see that coat of paint and not think anything of it but another child may have a need that needs brighter rooms that colors can change everything for them," said Jada Ibekwe of Aetna Better Health.

A change that everyone can agree, was much needed.

"It's been awhile since the high school has been painted and it just felt like times to refresh the paint and get people a new start," said McKelway.

"I thought about me as a child when I was in a school similar to this and what a difference it would have been made with paint brighter and louder," said Ibekwe.

Volunteers look to brighten the classroom and hopefully the new school year for students and staff.

"I think the finished product will make an impact in students lives," said Ibekwe.

"We're doing multiple things to help kids succeed in Petersburg part of it is the environment part of it is teaching and learning and it all comes together to make a successful school system an successful community," said McKelway.

Painting will go from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays through August 17.

Anyone is welcome to participate.

If you would like to help out, you are asked to report to the front office. If no one is there, you can call Russell Lawrence at 804-586-2429 to let him know you are there. Also, you can head over to my Facebook page, I have a link posted there.

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