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Elementary school gets new roof through donation

The Oregon Community Unit School District’s Elementary School is scheduled for a new roof in 2022, but when the Etnyre Wing’s ceiling started leaking, one alumni decided the district shouldn’t have to wait and donated his time and expertise to fix the roof.

Mike Smidt, alumnus and Rockford Local 792 Union Carpenter, started work on the roof and finished the project in four days. The project included two days of removing debris from the roof and two days of sealcoating.

“When I received the green light from the union to donate my time to this project, I immediately got to work,” said Smidt. “Knowing that I supplied something worthwhile to the school means more to me than any amount of money.”

Smidt admits it was much more work than he thought it would be, but is grateful he was granted the go-ahead from Local 792to fix the roof before winter begins.

“We’re very grateful for Mike’s donation of time and services,” said OCUSD Facilities Director Bill Nesemeier. “Due to a tightened budget, we were only able to seal coat ¾ of the roof last year and were starting to see signs of leaks in the remaining one-quarter. Mike’s work has already proven successful, as we didn’t see one sign of a leak during last week’s rain.”