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United Way volunteers take action

Published 12:57pm Friday, June 22, 2012

The elbow grease of more than 200 volunteers went into four schools throughout Tallapoosa County and Coosa County during the Lake Martin Area’s United Way 3rd Annual Day of Action.

Executive director Sharon Fuller said the day was a way for the United Way and its agencies to reach out and help schools in the community by cleaning up and getting them prepared for the upcoming school year.

Fuller said this year United Way chose to clean up the schools because the school systems are going to be this year’s United Way campaign pacesetters, and it “is a way of saying thank you and to help with school funding issues and cutbacks.”

During the Day of Action, volunteers were broken up into two shifts, 7 a.m. to noon and 12–5 p.m., and then assigned to one of the following schools, which were selected by Board of Education superintendents: Dadeville Elementary, Horseshoe Bend School, Radney Elementary School or Coosa Elementary.

“We are extremely excited and grateful for these volunteers who are choosing to make an impact on our community and our school,” said Chad McKelvey, Dadeville Elementary assistant principal. “It’s been a tremendous help, and we appreciate it.”

Breakfast, lunch and snacks, along with all of the supplies needed for the day, were provided through donations by the following event sponsors: Papa Bello’s of Alexander City, Papa Bello’s of Dadeville, Piggly Wiggly in Alexander City, Koon’s Catering, Walmart of Alexander City, Russell Do-It Center, Winn-Dixie, Alabama Paper and Supply, Home Depot of Alexander City, Henderson & Coker Contractors, Russell Lands, Pineywoods Mulch Company, Russell Brands, Benjamin Russell High School Cheerleaders and Christine Harrell.

“The day has gone great,” Fuller said. “Everyone is working hard. They came in and were willing to work, cleaning baseboards to moving furniture. It’s just been wonderful.”

Fuller said volunteers painted hallways and classrooms, pressure washed walkways, did yard work on the campuses and playgrounds, moved furniture back into classrooms for teachers, washed lockers and windows, dusted and degreased.

Lorie Brown said she brought her daughter Sarah to help at Radney Elementary because they participate in Camp Fire, which is one of United Way’s Agencies.

Adeline Treadwell and her sister Scout Treadwell were also at Radney contributing their time and efforts on Thursday.

“I just left Radney, and now I am going to go to the middle school,” Adeline said. “My mom works at the Wound Care Center and signed us up. I’m glad that I did get to help because when I was coming into the fifth grade I would have wanted someone to clean up the school for me. I’m also glad because it will be nice for the fifth graders coming up and something different for the sixth graders. I’m going to miss Radney.”