Organizations to paint Ricardo Richards Elementary School


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ST. CROIX - Three paramilitary organizations are getting together on Saturday to spruce up Ricardo Richards Elementary School to make it fresh when school starts next month.

Annie Day Henry, past commander of American Legion Post 102, said the post has adopted the school for several years and has worked along with volunteers on a number of projects there. She said members of the post decided that they would spearhead efforts to paint the hallways at the school before school begins this year.

She said they have also enlisted the assistance of the Virgin Islands Tuskegee Airmen and that organization's Youth Aviation Club to help.

Post members have raised the money that they will use to buy the paint, brushes, rollers and other supplies to get the job done, but they will need help doing the work, Henry said.

"What we will need is the bodies, the manpower that will get this done," she said.

Cenita Heywood, coordinator for the aviation club, said the plea for help goes out to parents, friends and current and former students of the school to come out as they plan to begin the work at 10 a.m.

High school students who have some free time on Saturday can also come out and do some community service work, Heywood said.

"This could be a great opportunity to begin earning community service hours for the new school year," she said. "They will receive extra hours for bringing additional help as well."

Henry said Post 102 has assisted the school with other beautification projects, such as replacing the notice board at the front of the school and donating garbage bins.

In addition to painting the school on Saturday, the group also will give the school a number of additional new garbage bins.

To be a part of the activity, volunteers are asked to show up to the school located off Melvin Evans Highway in Estate Strawberry at 10 a.m. Saturday.

For more information, call Heywood at 277-3537.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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