Kudos to Free Press, community volunteers
11/1/2018, 6 a.m.
Re “Opportunity time” Cityscape, Free Press Oct. 18-20 edition:
I would like to thank the Richmond Free Press profusely for its photos and story recognizing the actions of two generous individuals in our community who helped remedy a dangerous situation at George Washington Carver Elementary School. Over the summer, I noticed a broken railing in front of the emergency exit doors adjacent to the school’s basement auditorium — a fire code violation — and reported it to Richmond Public Schools and the superintendent. Months later, no action had been taken to replace the railing.
Carver Elementary volunteer Deborah Corliss took matters into her own hands, locating a contractor to install a new railing and perform masonry work for $500. Businessman Carter Snipes then stepped up, offering to pay the contractor for his work.
Soon enough, the job was completed and Carver students and staff can now use the emergency exit doors safely.
I join many others in the Carver Elementary family in expressing sincere gratitude to Ms. Corliss and Mr. Snipes for their selfless actions. Volunteers who donate their time, talent and treasure are truly the glue that holds Richmond together!
KIMBERLY B. GRAY
The writer represents the 2nd District on Richmond City Council.