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Sherwin-Williams spruces up Evolve Academy in Medina with a fresh coat of kindness

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    Tom Anthony, store manager at Sherwin-Williams in Medina, and summer intern Megan Demagall paint a second coat on one of the walls in the guidance counselors office at Evolve Academy on Thursday as part of a volunteer partnership with the school.

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    Tom Anthony, store manager at Sherwin-Williams in Medina, and summer intern Megan Demagall take a break as Anthony calls a fellow employee to ask him to bring in more painters tape so they can complete a painting project at Evolve Academy on Thursday as part of a volunteer partnership with the school.

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    Tom Anthony, store manager at Sherwin-Williams in Medina, pours some atmospheric blue paint into a bin so that the group can begin the second coat in the guidance counselors office at Evolve Academy on Thursday as part of a volunteer partnership with the school.

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    Sherwin-Williams employee Joe Vidmar paint arounds a window in the guidance counselors office at Evolve Academy on Thursday as part of a volunteer partnership with the school.

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    Sherwin-Williams employee Joe Vidmar paint arounds a window in the guidance counselors office at Evolve Academy on Thursday as part of a volunteer partnership with the school

    ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — Evolve Academy had a little bit of a spring makeover Thursday thanks to Sherwin-Williams in Medina.

“It is our National Paint Week with Sherwin-Williams so we were looking for some good causes to donate some of our time and efforts,” said Tom Anthony, store manager for the Medina location.

“One of my employees, actually, her dad works here so she kind of put it in motion that maybe we’d come here.”

Sherwin-Williams has been doing National Painting Week for the last five years as a way for local branches to give back to their communities by helping people and organizations to refresh their spaces through color and paint.

Employees of the Medina store have helped out in projects in previous years, but this is the first year Anthony has had his branch take up a project of its own.

This year, they did some work at Evolve Academy, 222 S. Broadway St. Evolve is a school for students who have struggled in a traditional educational setting.

On Thursday, Anthony, with the help of summer intern Megan Demagall and full-time employee Joe Vidmar, painted the office of Kim Eckberg, the counselor at the Evolve Academy. Later, they painted a hallway on the first floor of the school.

“We had it all set up through Mr. (Len) Loftis whose daughter works there and said they were looking for a way to give back to the community,” said John Leatherman, Evolve principal.

The team of three spent the day painting the guidance counselor’s office a light blue paint called atmospheric blue.

“I’m excited,” said Kim Eckberg, the school’s guidance counselor. “The color was kind of a dingy color so it’s nice to have it freshened up.”

The project was done free of cost for Evolve. It took the group several hours to paint the office the light shade of blue.

“We’re certainly not painters by trade. We’re good at selling it,” said Anthony jokingly while talking about how long it was taking to paint the office.

“We don’t usually get to use the products that we sell on a regular basis, so it’s a little bit of research for us, too.”

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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