“It’s amazing what a small group of committed people can accomplish to change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
By Beth Cole
This quote by Margaret Mead could have been written about the community of Melba.
Once again they came together to improve their town and the facilities at Melba School District.
On Saturday, June 23, many volunteers met to accomplish several projects: resurface the parking lot by the football field with recycled asphalt, paint the doors and an outbuilding by the baseball field, relocate the preschool room and put together school supply kits for the elementary school.
Trucks worked all week hauling and dumping the recycled asphalt, and then heavy equipment moved in to level the material and pack it.
On Saturday the surface was raked and given the final touch-up.
The fire department helped with water supply and the “cinder parking lot” was replaced by a vastly improved parking area.
Lots of other activity was going on at the same time – a crew was prepping the storage buildings so Eric Forsgren could paint, a group was busy hauling pre-school furniture to its new location, and still another team was sorting pencils, crayons, tissues and other school supplies to be ready for the elementary students this fall. Another crew took down the baseball fencing and put it in storage.
The campus was covered on all sides with volunteers weeding and improving the track area and making the grounds look like new.
Todd Shumway, principal of Melba High School, expressed his appreciation to the people of the community.
“This work project made a huge difference in our school district. This donation of time and equipment and expertise made possible improvements that couldn’t have happened otherwise. It’s great to be part of a community that takes the lead in making Melba a better place.”
Special thanks to Christina Forsgren who organized the event and to Dan Potts who shared his expertise in finishing the parking lot.