During this Fall, 18 students from The Scioto County Career and Technical Center did something not all students get a chance to do during the school day, they worked to better their community by improving something by trying to bring it back to its former beauty.
These students did so much in such a little amount of time and those who watched the work being done, were impressed at the final view these students were able to bring to fruition.
Last Thursday they finished up work on Greenlawn Cemetery. Teachers, Larry Moore and Chet Thayer, have been bringing their classes to the Cemetery to do some much needed work on some of the short brick walls at the front entrance of the cemetery. The project has been a joint effort between Friends of Greenlawn and the Vocational School Masonry and Building & Property Maintenance classes. The Friends are very pleased with the amazing work the kids have already accomplished just this Fall alone. Portsmouth City Manager, Sam Sutherland came up to meet the students and their teachers and thank them for the time and effort they spent on helping make Greenlawn look even better.
“I’m proud of what these kids had done, hard working kids, making something nice for the city, can’t ask for a better situation, they should be proud of what they’ve done,” Sutherland said.
Debbie Gambill, Diane Applegate, Rev. John Gowdy, and others from The Friends of Greenlawn wanted to do something special for these students, so they brought them some food and dessert, to let them know how much they appreciated the work they had achieved. These students had been working earlier that morning cleaning the bricks and they were bragging about who did the best job. SCCT principal Kyle Copley came out to see just what this group had done.
Copley said of the work that has been accomplished at the cemetery. “Anytime we can help in the community, we’re gonna try to do,” He said. ” I couldn’t have picked two better guys to lead our kids. These guys (Moore and Thayer), they are just great people. It’s a lot of pride for our school.”
These students were asked what part they liked doing the most, while they were working at Greenlawn. Several of them had different things they favored over other parts of their work.
Ashley Castle said “I liked taking the concrete down.“
Ciara Dials chimed in, “I like putting it back together.”
Elysa Neff said, “I like washing the old bricks and making them clean.”
Terry Munley added, “I liked tearing the bricks down and piling them up.”
Tyler Roberts said, “I like the same thing.”
Chase Rawlins, who appeared to be the comedian of the group said, “I liked watching the people go by.” This brought a laugh from the group of kids.
Jeremiah Dempsey added, “I liked mixing the mortar.”
Brent Arthur said his favorite was, “setting the bricks up.”
Moore spoke about what he felt about what their students had accomplished at this point, “So far, they have done good.” He told of a time while they were there, that he had a group build up a wall and he didn’t like it, so he had them do it again, he still didn’t like it and even made them do it again. “It was okay, then.” He said he told them, “There are two ways to do things, right and over, until it’s right, they do it over. This is the time for them to make mistakes and learn, (because) they get out in the real world and it (will) cost somebody money every time they make a mistake.”
“They’ve all done well, they’ve enjoyed it, to do stuff like this it’s good for them to see the community people come out like this,” Thayer said.
Applegate wanted the highlight of this day to be about the vocational school and the students. “They definitely deserve all the credit. They are an amazing group of kids, they are talented and hopefully will find jobs in a few months.”
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