Schools, churches partner to improve school facility

For the fourth consecutive summer, the Chillicothe Ministerial Alliance and the Chillicothe R-2 School District teamed up to make some much needed improvements to an area school.
More than 100 local volunteers assisted in the annual ONE Project workday on Friday, Aug. 2, at Chillicothe Middle School. The ONE Project is a partnership between the Chillicothe Ministerial Alliance and the Chillicothe R-2 School District.
ONE Project Director Stephanie Hoel said the goal of the project is to assist the R-2 district with the cost and manpower needed to make improvements to that year’s chosen school.
“The Ministerial Alliance picks a focus school each summer that we go in and we paint, we repair, we landscape,” Hoel said. “We figure out, according to the principal, what needs to be done in the particular school. We work on raising money for the project. We arrange the volunteers, the supplies and we go in and try to make the school better than when we started.”
Four of the larger projects completed Friday included the repainting of parking and crosswalk lines outside the school, installation of new ceiling tiles in the library, organization of a supply closest in the science classroom and painting of the cafeteria. Hoel said some of the younger volunteers also helped to sweep the school and pick up sticks and other debris outside.
The workday began at 8 a.m. and work concluded around 6:30 p.m. Hoel said she was impressed with the positive attitudes and work ethic of all the volunteers.
“It was a really good day,” Hoel said. “Everyone worked together and completed some projects we didn't think were going to get done. I'm thankful for all the workers' efforts.”
CMS Principal Steve Haley also expressed his gratitude for the work completed on Friday.
“On behalf of Chillicothe Middle School, I would like express sincere gratitude for the impressive amount and quality of work that was accomplished on Friday,” Haley said. “It was very fulfilling to see students and adults working so hard together and having an enjoyable time as they worked to make CMS a better place.”
“The amount of man hours and material donated is a testament to the kind of community we are fortunate to be a part of,” he added. “Our school is wonderfully blessed in so many ways by a supportive community, and this support goes far beyond words. Thank you for all that has been done and for your continued support.”
CMS has been chosen as the ONE Project’s focus school for the 2014 workday, as well, and Hoel said the replacement of carpet in the library and the painting of individual classrooms are the top priorities.