Homer 33C Interior work begins at Ross School

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High


Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628


For Immediate Release:

Oct. 19, 2017


Interior work begins at Ross School

Volunteer preps walls for new paint


The labor-intensive task of stripping and sanding old paint from the interior walls of Ross School has begun.


John Hoffman, whose wife Mary Lynn works at Butler School, volunteered to take on the task after learning about the district’s restoration efforts.

He arrived Oct. 19 with scraper and sandpaper in hand.


“I was looking for something to do that I’m able to do,” said the retiree who underwent hip and knee replacement surgery in recent years.


A bit of a DIYer at home, Hoffman brought his woodworking skills and carpentry skills to Ross School.

“I have tools and I am willing to work,” he said when offering to help with the restoration effort.


Ross School, which dates back to the 1850s, was moved to the entrance of Homer Junior High School 20 years ago.


It was used for live history lessons at one time but closed for safety reasons.


It was on the verge of collapse when Homer 33C started a fundraising effort and staff members Phil Ackland, Ed Malley and Bill Kocanda volunteered to address the structural issues and install a new roof with supplies donated by Filotto Construction and Richards Building Supply Company.


In the spring, the district will need to address rotted siding, windows and doors. It hopes to raise $10,000 to complete those projects.


So far, the district has received monetary donations from Midland Federal Savings and Loan Association, Big R and several Homer 33C parents who donated through EZ School Pay. In addition, the district has received pledges from Ultimate Driving School, United Express Delivery, Gaston Bistro, Jet’s Pizza and Time 4 Sweets.


Crockett Construction has agreed to donate the labor to install the new siding and doors. Will-Cook Ace Hardware has agreed to donate the paint to complete the project.


If you would like to join the effort to Save Ross School, please contact Homer 33C Communications/Public Relations Manager Charla Brautigam at 708-226-7628

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