CHERRY CREEK – A group of teenagers are leaving their mark in the town of Cherry Creek. Incoming Pine Valley sophomores spent a portion of their free time painting the Cherry Creek Town Hall.
The project started when Cherry Creek Town Supervisor Bill Young reached out to the school district with the idea. Stacy Chase, community service coordinator for the district and co-advisor for the Class of 2017, along with co-advisor Deb Youngberg thought the project would be perfect for the incoming sophomore class. The other students are required to perform 70 hours of community service throughout high school.
The students gathered on a Saturday morning to paint the town hall. The last time the building saw a new coat of paint was four years ago when the front was painted. Prior to putting on a new coat of paint, Chase accompanied the students to pressure wash and prep the building for painting.
“We’ve got a good turnout. These kids are hard workers,” Chase said.
To help the students, retired painter Bob Krenzer was supervising students as they painted the building – even some on ladders to paint the upper portion of the building. Young was pleased with the group and their work. The town provided lunch and the paint for the students.
“I think we had a wonderful showing. Good advisors, good supervisor,” Young said.
Chase said the project will give students a sense of pride and should not be viewed as a punishment. Many students live in the area and will be reminded of their hard work, Chase said.
“It’s not a punishment. It’s to take pride in your work,” she said.
The town hall was previously the former St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church built in the early 1900s. The church was decommissioned in 1940 with the town purchasing the building in 1994. It is home to the Cherry Creek Town Museum in addition to the town offices.