A member of the Vandalia Board of Education announced on Tuesday the plan to have some high school athletes and parents working together to “spruce up” school facilities.
Joe Schaal said that he and other new members were interested in serving on the school board with the idea of “developing more pride in the school(s), stuff we could do to improve them.”
He said that he discovered that Jason Clay, the high school head football coach, “had the same idea.”
Schaal said that Clay told him that he wanted to “do something to get his football players “more involved in the community.”
He said that he told Clay that, “I was wanting to get some parents together to just spruce up the place.”
Schaal said that some of the projects being discussed include painting the bleachers and work on the concession stand at the high school football field.
He said the idea behind it is to teach students about the importance of giving back to the community while also giving them pride about their schools and keeping other students from vandalizing school property.
He told administrators present at Tuesday’s board meeting to contact him “if you see something in your building you want to get done.
“Everybody’s willing to help,” Schaal said, adding that a tentative work day has been set.