Marina service project freshens up Sanctuary on 8th grounds

Marina service project freshens up Sanctuary on 8th grounds
Henry Caine, Sanctuary on 8th Street graduate, now teacher and volunteer, holds a check from The Marina at Ortega Landing, presented at the end of a community service project.

More than two dozen people gave up a Saturday morning June 8 to spruce up the grounds at the Sanctuary on 8th Street before the nonprofit’s summer camp began the following Monday.

            The community service project was initiated by The Marina at Ortega Landing, an IGY Marinas property, and included patching holes on the basketball court and parking lot, then sealing the surfaces, weeding, trimming and mulching, repainting a large map of the United States and two Four Square courts on the blacktop, righting crooked basketball posts and installing a new tether ball.

Volunteers repaint a map of the United States on the blacktop at Sanctuary on 8th Street.
Volunteers repaint a map of the United States on the blacktop at Sanctuary on 8th Street.

            Volunteers included staff from the Lakeside-based marina, as well as many boaters, and some residents from the River Homes condominium. One of those volunteers was Leslie Jones, a founding board member of the Sanctuary in 1992, and currently a charter boat captain.

            This is the second year the marina has chosen the Sanctuary as its service project focus. According the Cam Melangton, general manager at the marina, the project entailed nearly 200 hours in staff prep and volunteer project labor plus $2,200 in supplies, including contracted services for blacktop patching and sealing.

            Sanctuary Executive Director Rick Cartlidge said the upgrades to the grounds made the students and their families feel proud to attend the school. “We were blown away by the transformation of the property,” said Cartlidge.

            The marina also presented a $500 check to the Sanctuary, which was accepted by Henry Caine, a graduate of the Springfield-based afterschool and summer camp program. For his Eagle Scout project, Caine rebuilt an outdoor playhouse at the school and is now a volunteer teacher at the Sanctuary.

By Kate A. Hallock, Resident Community News

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