By MAX FILBY
Northview Primary School in Findlay is getting a facelift, with the help of Home Depot and other local businesses.
The school won a $2,000 grant from the home improvement distributor to spruce up its entrance and landscaping. Workers started Thursday, and teachers and Northview Principal Eric Payne will join them today.
“We’ll all be out there until it’s done,” Payne said.
More than 50 teachers and volunteers are planning on working from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. today or until the project is finished, said Christopher Miller, an area resident supervisor at Home Depot who helped coordinate the project.
“I love my community and company and we’re really happy they can be part of it,” Miller said.
While Home Depot’s grant was worth $2,000, about 11 other area businesses also donated money and supplies totaling more than $7,000, Miller said.
“I’m just really impressed with everyone who stepped up to get this done,” Miller said.
Payne agreed, and thanked Great Scot, Jimmy Johns, Scott’s, Kroger, Northern Ohio Excavation, Green Circle Nursery, The Cottage Gardens, Fort Findlay Donuts, Sunbelt Rentals, Vigoro and Walmart for donations.
The school, built in 1950, is at 133 Lexington Ave. in Findlay’s north end. It serves students through second grade, and also houses a special needs school.
The main portion of the project, re-landscaping areas in front of the school, is something Payne said is “much needed.”
Workers will replace dead or dying plants with new ones. The newly-installed plants are ones school maintenance crews won’t have to worry about taking care of as much, Payne said.
Workers will also paint portions of the building’s exterior, doing a little “touching up,” Payne said.
Destroyed or missing basketball hoop rims also will be replaced by workers after the rims were ripped off backboards in the past year.
“We’re hoping that was a one-time thing,” Payne said.
School officials at Northview applied for the grant from Home Depot in late 2013 and found out they would be getting it earlier this month.
Payne and others participating in the project hope the upgrades will make people proud to go to Northview. The way a school looks is a big morale booster for its students, Payne said.
“We want to give them a beautiful way to walk into school,” Payne said.
The school, which Payne said has always been a gathering place for the community, will live up to its reputation even more after the updates.
“It’s a community space and we really want people to be proud to take that community ownership of it,” Payne said.
Bigelow Hill Intermediate School previously received the grant from Home Depot. Similar upgrades were made to the school’s exterior and landscaping, Payne said.
“It’s still all there and it’s still all wonderful,” Payne said.