DIBOLL, Texas (KTRE) - COVID-19 restrictions limited many service projects within the community and that is no different at Diboll Junior High. There, Student Council members decided they still wanted to make a difference, and they are doing just that from within their own campus.
“It was definitely a lot when I heard Mrs. McMullen say that we were going to redo the bathrooms, but it was a lot of fun,” said eighth-grade student Macie Drinkard.
More than 30 sixth, seventh, and eighth-graders who volunteered for Student Council at Diboll Junior High are now taking on a new task.
“I went to school here in the 90s, and I am confident our bathrooms haven’t been updated since then,” said student council sponsor Alicia McMullen. “It doesn’t matter how clean the bathrooms were; they still looked old.”
McMullen said the students jumped on board. Many learning how to paint for the first time.
“It was good and fun to get to stay after school,” said sixth-grader Jozlyn Terra.
“People would come like different days to come paint,” said eighth-grader Sebastian Silva. “The eighth-grade girls’ restroom turned out really good. And some of the restrooms, we’re just going to redo instead of painting them.”
“We definitely don’t get a say in a lot of things,” Drinkard said. “I mean we’re kids, but Mrs. McMullen let us choose the paint, and painting how we want is very fun. I enjoy the wide range of what we get to do.”
And while getting work done, they might have gotten a little sidetracked from time to time, too.
“The boys and girls were separated in adjoining bathrooms, and you could hear the girls on the other side giggling and the boys yelling, ‘Y’all better get to work!’” McMullen recalled. “They’re seeing who could go faster and then the accidental paint spills on each other. It’s been a really good time, but they have followed through on their commitments and are actually doing the work, too.”
McMullen said she is proud of what her kids have accomplished and learned in the process.
“It teaches me to be like not to myself but like be open,” Silva said. “It’s been a really cool experience to paint the restrooms, and I can say that I done that.”
“It’s just like we left a little bit of us at Diboll Junior High,” said eighth-grader Jalisa Walker. “A little bit of ourselves and the hard work we’ve put into it.”
According to school officials, there is a total of four sets of restrooms on campus.
McMullen said the students will resume painting in the next few weeks, after a much-deserved break and restocking of supplies.