Hometown Impressions

Autumn cleaning at Eiber Elementary

Collaborative effort spruces up classrooms, provides safety kits to families

Posted 10/18/16

Forget spring cleaning — Eiber Elementary received a fall cleaning with the help of volunteers from Keller Williams Realtors, Bank of the West and Rebuilding Together Metro Denver.

Volunteers gathered at the school on Oct. 15 to do some …

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Hometown Impressions

Autumn cleaning at Eiber Elementary

Collaborative effort spruces up classrooms, provides safety kits to families

Posted

Forget spring cleaning — Eiber Elementary received a fall cleaning with the help of volunteers from Keller Williams DTC Realtors, Bank of the West and Rebuilding Together Metro Denver.

Volunteers gathered at the school on Oct. 15 to do some much-needed painting in a few classrooms, build temporary greenhouses for the school’s garden and hand out safety kids in honor of Fire Prevention Week.

“The school has a high population of free and reduced lunch students, so when it comes to cosmetic things like paint, that is pretty low on the priority list,” said Carrie Packard, executive director of Rebuilding Together. “There is a lot of pride in this school, but there just aren’t the resources for these kinds of projects.”

It was a prefect autumn Saturday for this kind of work — clear blue sky, leaves in the nearby trees a blend of vibrant yellow and rusty red, and warm enough to work up a sweat without feeling like passing out.

“I thought this would be a great opportunity to do something for the community,” said Bank of the West employee Grant Sather. “It’s a fun thing to do with people I work with and grow our camaraderie outside the office.”

The 40 free safety kits were handed out to families on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the day, and were filled with all kinds of home safety devices, including a fire extinguisher, combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector, caulking, a screwdriver and flashlight.

“A lot of people don’t know your smoke detector should be updated every 10 years,” said Kristen Kidd, public relations director with M&C Communications. “The total cost of everything in the kit is right around $100.”

The kits were put together by Keller Williams DTC employees earlier in the year as part of the company’s RED (Renew, Energize, Donate) Day.

“Our agents purchased items to put together these kits with this day in mind,” said Tony Carnesi, CEO of Keller Williams, in a statement.

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