• Ag Students Join Drive To Revitalize Comanche

    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!

    Jaden Pyburn, Gerardo Rios, Monique Avarado, Phillip Beard (teacher), Martin Herrera, Fabian Zuniga, Jose Ibarra

    Pictured are Jaden Pyburn, Gerardo Rios, Monique Alvarado, Martin Herrera, Phillip Beard (teacher), Camilo Cervantes, Fabian Zuniga, Jose Ibarra. Students found quite a lot of old Comanche advertisements under the paint, which I suppose is how the cans were purchased long ago!

    Like Rome, this project did not happen in a day…or even two!

    They scraped until they had to be totally SICK of scraping.

    They scraped until they had to be totally SICK of scraping.

    And yet they were nice enough to look up and smile on command when I invaded their space.

    And yet they were nice enough to look up and smile on command when I invaded their space.

    I think everyone was excited to find a bit of local history under the scraping. I know I was when they called me!

    Remember Comanche Seed and Feed? I was so tempted at this point to leave the cans like this, but I was too afraid to tell the kids!

    Remember Comanche Seed and Feed? I was so tempted at this point to leave the cans like this, but I was too afraid to tell the kids!

    OMGoodness! Remember the little Southern Savings guy?

    OMGoodness! Remember the little Southern Savings guy?

    Then came the welding...

    Then came the welding…

    And the priming and yes, I was praying that the red tint I was seeing on this hard-working head was the sun reflecting off of the can and not actually red primer!

    And the priming and yes, I was praying that the red tint I was seeing on this hard-working head was the sun reflecting off of the can and not actually red primer!

    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.

    Pictured here are Michael Foix, Dakoda Johnson, and Hunter Ellis.  The fix needed for the machine has turned out to be more than can be handled at the high school so the C is not to be, at least for now.

    Pictured here are Michael Foix, Dakoda Johnson, and Hunter Ellis. The fix needed for the machine has turned out to be more than can be handled at the high school so the C is not to be, at least for now.

    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.

    Back:  Camilo Cervantes, Lisandro Cervantes, Cash Mankin, Michael Ferris, Zane Ellis Front:  Amber Alvarado, Michael Constancia, Jose Lombrana, Rachel Ripley, Dalton Flock

    Back: Camilo Cervantes, Lisandro Cervantes, Cash Mankin, Michael Ferris, Zane Ellis
    Front: Amber Alvarado, Michael Constancia, Jose Lombrana, Rachel Ripley, Dalton Flock

    When the big day arrived, Mr. Beard and three of his students delivered the cans back to the square.

    Zach Boswell, ______, Isaac Bill

    Zach Boswell, Aaron Anaya, Isaac Bill

    Mr. B. wouldn't leave until every little thing was working correctly on every can!

    Mr. B. wouldn’t leave until every little thing was working correctly on every can!

    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!!

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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