TURBEVILLE - East Clarendon's Lady Wolverines will no longer need to share a locker room with their opponents thanks to the vision of former East Clarendon High School Principal Dwayne Howell and ECHS alumni Donald Hardy and the generosity of the …
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TURBEVILLE - East Clarendon's Lady Wolverines will no longer need to share a locker room with their opponents thanks to the vision of former East Clarendon High School Principal Dwayne Howell and ECHS alumni Donald Hardy and the generosity of the community.
"We couldn't have done this alone," Howell said this past week as he stood in the middle of the EC girls' new locker room. "We still have a couple of projects before we're finished."
"The lockers are made of oak, so they'll be very durable," Hardy said Tuesday afternoon. "The lockers were also installed so that they could be moved."
Howell and Hardy thanked the community and alumni of EC for their donations that made the project possible.
"Without Mr. Blake Gibbons at The Citizens Bank and Mr. Sparrow at Sparrow and Kennedy and many others from the community we wouldn't have had the funds to complete the project," Howell said. "We're truly blessed to have these people in our community, and we want to thank them for all that they do for East Clarendon."
In just five months, the project went from simply being a vision to almost completion.
"We have a few more projects," Howell added. "We want to do some more things to the boys' locker room, and we may do some more painting and small projects, but the bulk of the renovations are complete."
According to EC Athletic Director Scott Cook, the locker rooms were outdated and in need of an upgrade when Howell and Hardy took on the project.
"We're a small school," Cook said. "We depend a lot on the generosity of our community. We're grateful for all the help we receive."
As Howell and Hardy walked around the newly completed Lady Wolverines' locker room, the pair commented on small additions that complemented the project.
"I think the chalkboard really makes this place a locker room," Howell added. "Although the lockers are mounted to the walls, they can be moved to add more lockers or to rearrange the room."
The original locker rooms were built in the mid-1950s and were due for an overhaul, Hardy said.
"We want these girls to be proud of their facilities," he said. "We wanted them to have a place they didn't have to share, and I believe we've accomplished that."
Howell added that he and Hardy aren't quite finished with projects they would like to see completed at the school, but finances will play a major role in how much more they can do.
If anyone would like to make a donation to the project or to the school's athletic program, please give the school a call at (843) 659-2187. Please note on your checks whether the donation is for the renovation project or for the athletic program.
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