'Painting a Brighter Future' grant goes to EAST project

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Kenley Williams and Payton Watson

Kenley Williams and Payton Watson went through the Green Forest School District campus last spring photographing and documenting buildings with peeling and fading paint, then they applied for the True Value "Painting a Brighter Future"grant.

As the economy struggled and the school district budget shrunk, the school's maintenance department needed help to give students and patrons the well-maintained environment they deserved.

The True Value Foundation, through the local True Value Tanners Hardware, provided that support in granting the school district 40 gallons of first-quality outdoor paint.

Acquiring this grant was even more special because Green Forest EAST was the only district in the state to receive this award.

According to reports, more than 14 million American children attend deteriorating schools and about 30 percent of rural, 38 percent of urban and 29 percent of suburban schools have at least one building requiring extensive repair.

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