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Spring cleanup at TCHS April 18

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School looking for more volunteers, donations

By Janet Robb

TELL CITY - In two weeks hundreds of volunteers will converge at Tell City High School to spruce up the facility as part of a community-service project.

During the April 18 Indiana Student Education Association Outreach to Teach Project, TCHS teachers, students and community members will paint, clean and complete minor repairs to the school with the help of a $1,000 grant from the National Education Association Student Program’s Community Learning through American’s Schools

Outreach to Teach co-chair Wade Fisher said Thursday they want to “create a better environment for students” and help increase school pride and students’ desire to learn.

Only one school is chosen each year, he said, adding that volunteers stay until the job is done.

Last year volunteers worked at the chosen school until late in the evening but since there’s no major construction projects planned at TCHS, Fisher said they should be finished by 4 p.m. In addition to local volunteers, he said college students from around the state will help with renovations.

In a letter to the editor published today on Page 5, Principal Dale Stewart and teacher David Alvey ask the community for help. “We are so glad many of you have responded in such a positive matter,” they write. “However, we could use some financial help and volunteer help that day.”

Volunteers will begin the day with a light breakfast at 8 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the school. The day will also serve as a United Way of Perry County Day of Caring and kick off National Volunteer Week in Perry County.

To help financially or to donate equipment they can use, contact Stewart and Alvey at the school at 547-3131. Any organization or individual wishing to volunteer can contact Rebecca Fenn, executive director of United Way of Perry County, at 547-2577 or e-mail her at unitedwayperry@psci.net.