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The room after old cabinets and appliances were removed The room after old cabinets and appliances were removed
BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

  Summer is a good time for a makeover, and teachers at Charleston Elementary in Bradley County got a good one.  Thanks to some local businesses and volunteers, teachers now have a clean, comfortable space to catch a quick break.

 For the past several years, teachers at Charleston have used an old Home Economics classroom, with sixty-year-old cabinets and aging appliances.   But
over the summer, employees of Wacker and its related contractors, stripped down the old break room, and turned it into something nice.

Principal Jodie Grannan said, "I appreciate all the work, I came in several Saturdays and saw many men and women working hard to make this dream come true, it was wonderful."

Charlie Brown of Yates Construction spearheaded the project, which included fundraising. "There was a lot to accomplish, but we got it done on time, and at no cost to taxpayers." 

Teachers say the renovation project makes them feel special and appreciated.

Kindergarten teacher Erica Shamblin said, "We have the best parents. When we have needs, they always respond."  

The room is ready to go for Friday's first day of school, but there are plans to make it even more inviting.   It culminates a summer of hard work by a small town that loves its historic old school.   And it gives Charleston's teachers another reason to  be thankful for their community. Fourth grade teacher Julie Melton said, "This really means a lot to us.  We never complained about the old room, but it is great to have something new.  We can't thank everyone enough."

Charleston school officials want to thank Wacker, Yates Construction, J & S Construction, Whirlpool and Lowe's Cabinetry and Lighting, in addition to other businesses and volunteers who made this project a reality.





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