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Fairfield True Value paint donation helps Pekin school

Jul 24, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED Kirk Talley, far right, store manager of the Fairfield True Value, presents 40 gallons of paint to the Pekin Community School District. Pekin was selected as the winner of the paint donation through the local store’s partnership with True Value Foundation.

A fresh coat of paint brightens any room, and this summer Pekin Community School District will refresh its learning environment with donated paint.

Pekin was selected as the winner of a paint grant through Fairfield True Value’s partnership with True Value Foundation’s Painting a Brighter Future program. A True Value Foundation paint grant helps improve a school’s learning environment and can have an impact on student attitudes and academic performance.

Partnering with True Value Foundation, Fairfield True Value notified neighborhood schools of the grant last fall and encouraged them to apply. Kirk Talley, graduate of Pekin Community School District and manager of Fairfield True Value, delivered the paint last week to the school near Packwood.

Pekin school is using the 40 gallons of paint to give their classrooms a much-needed makeover so students can learn in a newly painted facility this fall.

“Through True Value Foundation’s Painting a Brighter Future program, we’re able to help Pekin school and give back to the community we love to serve,” said Talley. “The donation will not only save the school money, but more importantly, will create an environment that fosters learning, inspires creativity and instills community pride.”

Retailers across the country identified elementary, junior high or high school in their neighborhoods that met basic qualifications including the age and condition of the school, and encouraged the schools to apply for facility improvement paint grants.

True Value Foundation unites retailers in helping improve the lives of children in the communities True Value serves. The foundation advocates for youth and serves as a catalyst to provide tools and resources to help youth realize their dreams and achieve their potential. The foundation encourages their partners to get involved and give back through volunteerism, mentorship, community improvements and raising funds.

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