Several teachers and other North Penn School District employees grabbed their paint brushes and rollers Wednesday and went to work at the Lansdale Wastewater Treatment Plant on West Ninth Street. They were working as volunteers for the North Penn United Way Day of Caring. Oak Park Elementary School Autistic Support Teacher Sharon Skrzat (left in picture) says she never thought she would find herself painting at a sewage plant.
“No, but I’m delighted to be here, ha, ha. It sounds like the ocean, and that’s one sense ha, ha, one of the five senses. It’s a beautiful fall day.”
She says she’s a United Way representative at the school, but you learn different things by getting out into the community.
“You get out and see some of the need. I love raising money at the school or soliciting funds and donations, but it’s just nice to be in the community. I’ve never been to this facility, I drive by it all the time, and I know a lot of the people at my church work pretty seriously with Habitat for Humanity, and I’ve never really had the opportunity to do a big job like that, so this is good. It may motivate me to do something bigger next time.”
Skrzat says she and her team of six painted a shed and several fire hydrants, and she thinks her painting skills got a little bit better. Knapp Elementary School fifth grade teacher Kelli Albertson (right in picture) was painting wheels that are turned to regulate the water flow. She says she believes giving back to the community where she teaches is important.
“I think to be a good role model as a teacher you have to let the students know that it’s just not all about you, that there are other people that need your help and that if you actually are doing it, as opposed to just telling them, they can kind of learn from you by example.”
Albertson says there was a little bit of an odor when they arrived, but as the wind picked up it became less noticeable. She was back in the classroom Thursday, and she planned to tell her kids all about the experience.