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Volunteers beautify Eich Intermediate School in Roseville

New murals depict ‘Wildcats’
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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When Josh Gregory picked up the classroom keys for his teaching assignment at Eich Intermediate School, he took a look around his new job site.

“The (campus) is really clean but it’s older,” Gregory said. “I thought it could really use some fresh pop, something exciting for the kids.”

He devised a plan to spruce up the Roseville school and some five months later, he finally saw his project come to fruition as about 30 employees from local Home Depot stores volunteered their time over the course of two days in late January to beautify the school.

Gregory previously worked for the company for six years before putting his teaching credential to use. He’s now the Community Action for Responsive Education, or C.A.R.E., teacher at Eich, and is employed with the Placer County Office of Education.

“I just wanted to do something cool for the school,” he said. “I was lucky I had these connections with Home Depot.”

Volunteers potted plants, repaired a fence, painted bike racks, trimmed trees, re-stained a gazebo and painted two large murals of wildcats — the school’s mascot — on buildings.

“People think there’s only one wildcat,” said Principal Marc Buljan. “They don’t realize there are a whole bunch of wildcats.”

There’s a cougar, mountain lion and more depicted in the murals. As for Gregory, he’s pleased with the final results, especially with the murals.

“I’m super excited,” he said. “(We) get to walk by and see it every day. How cool is that?”

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.