Core 7-a raises money to purchase decal at PWLMS |

Core 7-a raises money to purchase decal at PWLMS

Joyce Hollister

Core 7-a at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School will be remembered for decades.

A brand-new decal on the gym floor proclaims that the school is the home of the Panthers.

Students raised money to have the decal, designed by student Scott Sylvester, made up at Fast Signs. During the Christmas holiday, the gym was stripped and refinished, with the decal being installed at the time.

“The floor was being refinished anyway, so the time was perfect,” said PWLMS teacher Ken Carr.

The 125 students sold stickies (plastic window decorations) and made about $1,700, Carr said.

“The kids wanted to do something in the gym,” he said, “and they came up with the idea.”

Vice Principal Rita Elliott told Carr and the students that the administration had wanted to do something like it for a long time.

The cost of the decal was around $900, and the students will use some of the rest of the money for a field trip or class picnic at the end of the year.

They also have used some of the money raised to give flowers to the families of deceased students and to send a food basket to a family in need last Thanksgiving.

“They’re a great group of kids,” Carr added. “They really worked hard on this. They’re going to have a plaque installed at the gym, saying this was what their project was. When their kids come here in 20 years, they’ll be able to see their parents’ names.”