Project United's extreme impact

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Editorial: Nov. 14, 2013

TOPIC: United Way's building makeover
Work of many benefits many

It really doesn’t matter that nobody is outside of the building and screaming, “Move that bus.”

The United Way of Central Kentucky’s Project United makeover is just as significant, and likely more, than what was accomplished for a number of years on the television series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

United Way impacts lives every day with what it does because of people like you. What the local leadership of United Way has done with its makeover program is give back yet again to the community it serves.

Over the last few weeks, some of the fine folks who work at AGC Automotive, Dow Corning, First Federal Savings Bank, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, Hardin Memorial Health, HealthSouth and Swope Family of Dealerships have revamped eight rooms of North Park Elementary School in Radcliff.

Because of them, the school has a fresh modern look in rooms such as the parent conference room, teacher work room, Cradle School room and the building’s entry way.

To children who attend the school, the unveiling of the finished product brought wide eyes and big smiles.

It was Christmas in November for the school.

How this has worked for the last four years is businesses register for $500 and that money is returned to them in the form of gift cards to be used for project materials. Other businesses such as Lowe’s and E’town Paints also have been big supporters of this effort.

The North Park project is the fourth United Way of Central Kentucky makeover event. Others have been at the Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties (2012), the American Red Cross chapter office (2011) and Valley View Education Center (2010).

Officials said the North Park Elementary project was the largest of the four undertakings.

All have been valuable and impactful endeavors, serving young and old.

There is a lesson to be learned here for North Park Elementary students that isn’t necessarily found in a school book. It’s a lesson of giving back and caring about others, which is at the heart of what the United Way does year round and what these businesses have done.

The children have seen some fine examples of that over the last several weeks. All are committed to making life better.

While an online contest will crown which room is the makeover winner sometime soon, there are no losers in this effort. The agency, businesses and individuals who will benefit from the effort, all win in a very big way.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.