GALLIPOLIS FERRY — With just a little help from their friends, things are moving right along at Beale Elementary.
ICL-IP America & Letart Corporation are active and involved “official” partners in education with Beale Elementary, providing a wide variety of “helps” at the school.
Recently, ICL maintenance supervisor Shawn Scarberry along with six other employee volunteers, crossed the proverbial tracks, bringing with them shovels, rakes, and two large pieces of equipment to move wood fiber from a large pile on the front playground to where it needed to be – under and around playground equipment on both the front and back playground areas.
ICL has supported Beale students, staff, and community in a wide variety of ways over the years. From helping with landscaping to providing reflective tape for student backpacks and clothing as they wait on buses, to removing snow on the parking lot they are always there. Often, ICL provides judges, volunteers, supplies for shelter-in-place events, a full size clothes washer and dryer, signs, and items for fundraisers are just a few of the ways ICL can frequently be “caught being good” at this elementary school. A keen observer would have even noticed ICL employee, Kurt Daily, rowing for the Beale Bengals’ Dragon Boat during the 2015 races.
Beale Elementary personnel state they are “doubly blessed” to also have Letart Corporation as a Partner In Education. This company also works and donates to its adopted Beale family. Providing funds for students to attend state and national level events, providing judges and readers, installation of the school sign, funding multiple school-wide field trips, providing gravel for a family filled with grieving Beale students, adopting a needy Beale family for Christmas, etc.
ICL and Letart Corporation even tag team on some events. Letart Corporation purchases bicycles for students with perfect attendance each year and ICL jumps in to provide needed safety gear like helmets and reflectors for those students to stay safe. Both Letart and ICL help with landscaping and provide items for fundraisers, and then these companies attend, investing additional time and money at fundraiser events.
While, not an “official” Partner in Education, Appalachian Electric Power is never far from Beale country either. AEP has donated workers for National Make a Difference Day, helped with landscaping, provided items for shelter-in-place events, donates coats for students, and generously gives funds which help provide Christmas for Beale students’ families who would not otherwise have gifts for the children.
Someone once said, “Every family has a story to tell.” About 10 miles south of Point Pleasant, family and friends meet around the Beale Elementary table. Only good things can happen for students and the community with growing partnerships like these. ICL-IP America, Letart Corporation, and AEP all “belong to the Beale family,” just as the Beale family belongs to them. Helen Keller certainly got it right when she said, “Alone we can do so little; Together we can do so much.”