Think kids can’t make a difference? Then you’d better think again because it’s happening in the town of Comanche where kids ARE making a very visible difference in the look and feel of the town. It started with last year’s Christmas lighting project and has just kept on going.
A while back, I received a call from high school principal, Chad Gee, about the trash cans on each side of the square. Now, to be quite honest with you, at that point in time I was so overwhelmed with so many other things that needed doing until I had not even realized that there were trash bins of any kind on the square! Upon a closer look, however, I found that Mr. Gee was exactly right. Our trash receptacles needed help!
That help came in the form of Comanche Ag teacher, Phillip Beard, and several of his students who took it upon themselves to paint the old cans a beautiful Comanche black and, as is so often the case on these types of projects, what a job it turned out to be!
Like Rome, this project did not happen in a day…or even two!
I think everyone was excited to find a bit of local history under the scraping. I know I was when they called me!
And while all of the above was taking place, there were three guys who were working very hard to repair what I will call the die cut machine because the original plan was to really do the cans up right by adding the gold Comanche C to them.
Finally! I know they had probably about given up on this project ever being completed, but the day did come when the cans were all painted a beautiful black.
When the big day arrived, Mr. Beard and three of his students delivered the cans back to the square.
What a HUGE thank you goes out to this group of young people and their teacher, and here’s hoping that every single time you toss a piece of garbage into these cans you remember just how many days and how much hard work went into making them look as great as possible…and all done with totally volunteer labor!*
* I cannot thank Rhonda Alderman enough for becoming the middleman in this instance as well as securing the funds for the supplies needed to get the cans into shape. THANK GOODNESS FOR VOLUNTEERS!!