Monday, Aug. 20 was a furlough day for Polk County Teachers. Instead of taking the day off, around 25 Rockmart High School's teachers and staff members gathered at the school to paint some of the common areas and the lunch room.
According to Principal DeAnna Williams, the teachers saved the school system money by providing the labor free of charge.
“Our school just really needed some sprucing up. I really wanted to see it spruced up a little bit before school started to make it nice and clean looking for the kids,” Williams said. “I just invited anybody on the faculty who wanted to come, and they came just because they wanted to.”
According to Williams, some of the paint was donated by school board member Susan Berry. The rest of the paint was purchased by maintenance and Rockmart High School.
The school year starts Friday, Aug. 24.