Silver Bay School Gets Paint Job

By Ivory Hecker

July 11, 2011 Updated Jul 11, 2011 at 11:28 PM CDT

SILVER BAY, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - A school in Silver Bay is getting a fresh coat of paint after being one of three schools statewide to receive a grant.

The blue and white colors of the Silver Bay Mariners are bright and new on the walls of the William Kelley School as students here put the 40 gallons of paint they've been donated to good use.

"The school is the recipient of a grant that three schools in the State of Minnesota were picked - 78 schools nationwide," said Faron Meeks, owner of the local True Value store. "So we've received 40 gallons of paint from the True Value Foundation to help spruce up the school."

The paint, paid for by this Paint a Brighter Future grant was used on the boys' and girls' locker rooms as well as a weight room and the library.

"It gave us an opportunity to freshen up our school in things that we couldn't afford to do right now with the budget crunches," said William Kelley principal Joe Nicklay."

Principal Nicklay says this paint project is one of many where the community has come together for the school.

"I'm really proud to be a part of a community where the school is the center piece," said Nicklay. "This really is the focus of this community. Anytime we need help doing any projects here, all we have to do is ask, and they just line up to help us and provide us with all kinds of resources."

The event had about 30 volunteers, including local business owners, high school kids and the principal and his wife.

The local grocery store Zup's provided a community picnic lunch break for the painters.

By Ivory Hecker