When the current Leadership Sylacauga class was looking for a service project and recognized that the Boys Club needed new windows, it seemed a natural fit.
The windows have never been replaced in the 40-year-old building, except for individual panes that have succumbed to the errant baseball or softball over the years, the occasional vandalism or hail storm, or more commonly in later years, simple age.
The building has 12 panels of four panes each, cased in aluminum, and two smaller windows. Replacing them all with energy-efficient vinyl windows will cost $20,000.
The Leadership Class has determined to raise the money. Emlich-Bates says the project, while ambitious, is “doable.”
Ambition would be a prerequisite for members of the Leadership Class, so their question would be not, “Can we,” but rather, “How will we.” And it’s a question they seem to have answered, because they’ve already raised half the money.
Raising the remaining $10,000 will be a matter of pride — not only for the class, but also for the donors. The class will provide a plaque for the building with all the donors’ names engraved. To encourage a friendly competition among donors, class President Adam Gardner, a lieutenant with the Sylacauga Fire Department, says the largest donor’s name will be bigger than the others on the plaque.
The plaque can be big or small, with five names or five hundred. Either way, it will be a small testament to a community that cares about its kids.