Home Depot visits Indian River visits GSRP and Head Start Classrooms!

The below article was reported from the Cheboygan Daily Tribune written by Kortney Hahn:

INDIAN RIVER- Students in the Indian River NEMSCA Great Start Readiness Program and Head Start classes had an opportunity to make a tool box, color some pictures and enjoy some ice cream sundaes with their family Friday afternoon.

The project was done in cooperation with Home Depot of Gaylord, who likes to do programs like this in the schools to help pay back the community for their support.

“This is our fourth year with her coming for this event,” said Teacher Lisa Sandor. “Bringing something for the kids to do with their dads or their grandpas, somebody special in their lives. So, Home Depot in Gaylord is what supports this for us, so huge thank-yous to them.”

When the students were done putting their tool boxes together and decorating them how they wanted, they were able to color a picture with Home Depot and the date on it, so they could attach a picture of them with their parent to remember the activity.

Sandor said this was the fourth year of Home Depot Representative Shirley Alexander coming to her classroom to do activities with her students and their families. Normally a project like this would be done at night, but because of the number of snow days the school has had, they had to rearrange the schedule and hold the event during the school day.

“We have formed a good relationship with Home Depot in Gaylord. They are very supportive of our NEMSCA Head Start programs here in Indian River,” said Sandor. “We look forward to working with them every spring.”

Once a month, the Home Depot store holds a kids workshop at their facility, where children and their family can come in and do a project and learn about building things and home improvement.

“Everyone can always tell when we are doing these projects,” said Alexander. “They are the first Saturday of the month, from 9-12 usually.”

Alexander said her boss, Gary Malak, likes his employees to go out and do the workshops in the schools, to help pay back the community. The store also did a similar event in Cheboygan Area Schools early last week to show its support as well.