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Blue Ribbon Work Day a Rousing Success
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 • Posted October 26, 2011

The faculty and students of Mason High School had a very productive day last Wednesday. If you were out and about in town, you probably saw us working hard for our community. We are truly grateful for the support we receive from everyone in Mason, and we are excited to have the chance to show our appreciation in a tangible way. We are especially grateful to the community members who helped make Blue Ribbon Service Day a reality: Wade Powell, Beatrice Ramon, Amelia Banner, Pam Scott, Judge Jerry Bearden, George & KK Brannies and the Dr. Pepper Company.The following is a list of our accomplishments submitted by the faculty supervisor from each group. Each of these bullets represents a different group of people working together for a common cause. · We worked at the Food Bank, and we filled 62 boxes of food for distribution next month, cleaned up and re-stacked shelves.· We worked at school and were able to move boxes to the bus barn, as well as rake 18 bags of leaves by the JH wing and library. · We picked up 20 bags of trash walking down Rainey Street from the school to Donop’s and along the creek behind the elementary school.· Our group washed windows and swept sidewalks all around the square.· We picked up 15 bags of trash at James River and about two miles of highway on the way back.· We scraped, scrubbed, and disinfected the floors, arm rests, walls, and bathrooms at the Odeon Theatre.· We raked leaves, stacked rocks, and cleaned an area off the square.· We constructed new batting helmet and player cubbies along with new bat racks. These items will be installed in the youth baseball dug-outs at the city park.· Our group weeded the flowerbeds at the Catholic Church and picked up bags of trash at the side entrance to Crosby Cemetery.· We filled 9 bags of trash along Hwy 29, past Gooch Cemetery, down Ponotoc St. and down Live Oak St. to the Square. · We raked leaves, stacked rocks, and cleaned an area off the square. Mason is a wonderful place, and it was great to help make it look the part. · We blew off all ten courts at the Mason Center, fixed windscreens on all 10 courts, repaired fences, stained the new Pavilion and hauled off dirt and rocks. · Our group enjoyed being outside and painting the bus lane in front of elem/jh with safety red paint to identify it as a fire lane/ no parking zone.· The MHS window washing team washed every window in the high school inside AND out and finished in record to take on another job, which was cleaning the brochure racks outside the office.· We removed everything in the weight room to get it ready for the renovations and cleaning that are going to take place.· We prepared 240 hamburgers for everyone involved in the Blue Ribbon Service day. · The chute and both roping boxes at the rodeo arena look great now with a new coat of John Deere green paint, loose wire was picked up and disposed of, and a whole lot of rocks are now outside of the arena instead of inJ!· We repainted the parking lot and cleaned the fellowship hall at the Lutheran church.· Our group worked at the Elementary and Jr. High Schools, we painted the purple bench and both crosswalks in front of the Elem/Jr. High. We then made a flower bed at the entrance to the Elem/Jr. High. · We raked and removed 37 bags of leaves and debris!· We prepared 22 double size frozen casseroles for distribution to families with the Mason Community Food Bank.· We were able to complete the deployment of the new anti-virus software in the junior high with the help of a couple of high school technology gurus. · We walked about 2.5 miles cleaning trash across town. We filled 10 large trash bags by the end of the morning.· Jobs accomplished at the Community Thrift Shop included: weeding, mowing, picking up trash, moving heavy furniture, discarding unwanted stock, cleaning inside and outside the shop, and reorganizing displays.· Nine students and two adults cleaned, sanded, and painted the railing of the bridge at Heritage Park…all 85 feet of it!· We moved boxes of books and furniture, weeded flower beds, and picked up trash in the creek.· We groomed Comanche Creek Park and cleaned the creek bed and under both bridges near the park.· We picked up trash, limbs, and leaves around the senior center and repainted the parking lot stripes and handicap spaces.

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