We knew it was going to be a good day for the 9/11 National Day of Service Project when we arrived at the Grafton rail yards on Monday and were greeted by an engine with the number 911 on its side.
Our project in Grafton was to prepare and paint a block wall for a mural which will dress up the area around Toad Hall. Toad Hall is a large open area overlooking the rail yard where the town built an open deck last year and that now holds many festivities, such as All Aboard Grafton’s First Fridays.
Armed with mason hammers, ladders, and brooms the members chiseled away excess cement from block seams to smooth the surface, pulled down old vines and then clean up the debris.
The next step was to prime and paint the surface to prepare it for the mural. At this point the wind began to pick up, presenting some challenges for the group, but with determination the project came in almost totally complete before the thunderstorm hit.
In all, seven AmeriCorps VISTA members assembled at Toad Hall in Grafton for the day of service.
- Breanna Collins with Turn This Town Around, Grafton;
- Emily Birckhead with Try This, West Virginia;
- Walter Barnes with Project Hope;
- Courtney Roark, Marissa Russell, Nicole Marrocco and Terry Bartley with The Hub.
VISTA members were treated to pizza for lunch provided by Tom Hart of Arts and Treasures of Grafton!
If you’re interested in becoming a VISTA, or just want to learn more, email me!