Junior high to get sprucing up

Staff report

BOARDMAN — Students and staff at Boardman Glenwood Junior High School are excited to participate in a way to transform their school.

Taking part in a Global Youth Service Day project, the team will bring back the maroon hue that some say has been missing from the school since the 1990s. The project is known as the BGJHS Paint Project.

There are about 100 brown panels outside the building, between windows, that have lost their luster. Some have been damaged by woodpeckers and other areas that have seen wear from weather.

Laura Frost, science teacher and student leadership advisor, applied for a ServeOhio Global Youth Service Day grant that will reimburse the school for nearly $2,000 in paint and supplies.

The grant was awarded for $1,992 and is provided though the Ohio Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Private and public funds comprise the grant.

Students and staff will supply the muscle to get the job done.

“A group of staff will be taping off and prepping the panels to be painted over the next two weeks,” Frost said. “We’ve finished one panel and painted it, and the vibrant maroon really stands out.”

A large group of students and staff will complete most of the painting on April 24, which is Global Youth Services Day.

It is the largest youth service and civic action event in the world, and the only one to celebrate people ages 5 to 25. Activities are organized in more than 100 countries each April and engage millions, which makes it the largest annual celebration of youth volunteers.



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