Volunteers help remodel new Shellman charter school

Volunteers help remodel new Shellman charter school
Joyce Blanton, Headmaster
Joyce Blanton, Headmaster

 People in Shellman are coming together to clean up and remodel a shuttered school that will be home to a new charter school next year. The Headmaster says this process wouldn't have been possible without the community's help and a former pro basketball player didn't hesitate to pitch in.

SHELLMAN, GA (WALB) - Volunteers were busy moving books, shelves and desks at the Old Randolph Southern School, now known as the SOWEGA STEM Charter School.

"It's getting close and each day that goes by is just one day closer," said Joyce Blanton, Headmaster. "We have to let the community know we'll take any help we can get and the school is a reality. It's going to happen."

Blanton says for the past several weeks volunteers from Andrew College and residents in the community have been helping out with the remodeling. Today, Shellman native and former pro basketball player Donnell Harvey was also a volunteer.

"I'm all about the youth and education," said Donnell Harvey, Volunteer. "I feel like the more we educate our kids the better they'll be."

Harvey, who has his own 'Reconstructing Youth Foundation' was happy to hear about the Charter School approval.

"To bring something to my town and it be easy access to be more hands on with, I'm a big supporter of it," said Harvey.

The school will open with more than 250 students, grades K through 5. Blanton says the turnout at a recent job fair exceeded her expectations.

"It was suppose to run from 2 until 5 at 7:30 we were still here interviewing, so it was super," said Blanton.

Blanton says there's a lot more work to be done before opening in September.

"We hope to have our offices completely cleaned and up and running by January 1st," said Blanton.  

"My whole thing is giving back to the youth," said Harvey. "The youth is our future."

The school plans to hold another job fair in December before issuing employee contracts in February. Pre-registration for students will take place January 4th through the 22nd.

Blanton says they are also selling the school's old lockers for $100 each. You can contact the school at 229-679-5555.

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