Hundreds of volunteer students, their families, and staff members will descend upon Big Shanty Intermediate School Saturday, April 26 to clean-up and beautify the aging campus, thanks to a donation from Comcast. Big Shanty is one of 30 schools selected nationally as recipient of Comcast Cares Day 7and received $7,500 from the communications company to fund supplies for the cleanup projects.
Teams of volunteers will plant trees near the track for erosion control and flowers in the front and side to beautify the grounds; create a sensory garden on the other side for Special Education students, and fill in a bog in the back. Meanwhile, other volunteers will scrape and paint the front awning and hallway and install shelving in the bathrooms. In conjunction, school nurse Beverly Jones will host an American Red Cross blood drive.
Big Shanty was selected for Comcast Cares Day through the efforts of parent volunteer and Comcast employee Dylon Ross. Mr. Ross started volunteering in the school’s Library Media Center as a mentor to the third grade boys’ reading club group that meets every Wednesday morning. At Mr. Ross’ suggestion, school media specialist Barbara Powell-Schager wrote a grant application for iPads and eBooks so the boys could have a larger selection of books, while simultaneously becoming tech savvy. In addition, Ms. Powell-Schager wrote a letter to Comcast commending Mr. Ross for his “above and beyond” volunteerism. Consequently, Dylon was officially recognized by his company for his community leadership and volunteerism. Working with Big Shanty principal Dr. Kelly Luscre, Mr. Ross leveraged this position to garner Comcast’s support for the clean-up/beautification project.