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Teachers, community volunteer to paint South Dakota school

September 9, 2018

WAUBAY, S.D. (AP) — When officials decided the 1980s paint job at a northeastern South Dakota school wasn’t cutting it anymore, a group of teachers and community members got together to renovate the building.

New paint was part of the long-term plan for the Waubay School District, but about a dozen teachers were tired of waiting, the Aberdeen American News reported .

“The plan was another year from now we’re going to do some things,” said Superintendent Dean Jones. “They said, ‘We’ll come paint it now, we want to get it done now.’”

The group volunteered to paint the school with less than a month before the first day of class. Jones said he was nervous about the deadline.

“A couple of them said, ‘We’ll do it. You get us the paint, and we’ll do it,’” Jones said. “By gosh, they rounded up 10, 12 of them at different times, came in and a couple people in the community helped, and they were painting in here late at night.”

Teachers painted the commons area, the elementary school library and the halls in the elementary wing. An artist-in-residence helped paint a mural, and the teacher painting crew finished up the other walls.

“I think we started doing some updates in one room and it kind of led to the rest,” said Misty Gaikowski, a fifth-grade teacher. “It was fun that everything was clean and looked newer.”

Students noticed the difference when they came in on the first day of school.

“They’ve even complimented (us) on it,” said Amber Gaikowski, high school math and tech coordinator. “We’ve had other community members and parents come in and thank us and (say they) were appreciative of what we have done and what the other staff members have done.”


Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com

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