Natrona County School District students partnering with the YMCA for phase II donor wall

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 5:04 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Students in the Natrona County School District are hard at work on another community project. They are returning to the YMCA of Natrona County to construct a Wyoming-themed donor wall for the building.

“We reached out to those teachers and administrators last spring and asked if they would be interested in helping with a donor wall for phase two, and they were all for it,” said Glenda Thomas, the development manager at the YMCA of Natrona County.

Students spent a significant amount of time researching the history of Wyoming and what features would make a memorable statement. They presented these ideas to the YMCA and quickly started working on the design. This project allows for students to be creative, while also learning about their home state.

“Painting the fish has to be my favorite part. You cut them out and then you decide which design you want to go with. We have the brown trout, brookie, and then the rainbow,” said Shai Reynolds, a junior at Natrona County High School.

And although some may view this hard work as a normal part of the school day at Pathways Innovation Center, it is so much more to these students, knowing that their dedication and time results in something community members can enjoy for years to come.

“I’m just excited to see future generations be able to come and see what we put together and what we did,” said Reynolds.

Thomas says that the best part of working with these students is making connections and partnerships that grow the community each day.

“I think it’s just such a neat thing to have these kids and these students really help the YMCA with something that will be here forever,” said Thomas.

Phase II should be completed by the end of 2021, and students hope to have the donor wall completed shortly after.

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