EAST PROVIDENCE — For the second year in a row, an East Providence school will be the beneficiary of a public service program sponsored by the local Pepsi Bottling Co. as volunteers will perform some much needed tidying up at the high school Saturday, April 27.
Pepsi employee and Riverside resident Dennis Carrier is leading the effort, which expects to splash a fresh coat of paint on up to six classrooms at the high school. Pepsi is providing all paint and other supplies needed to get the work done.
In addition, a first step in the refurbishment project of the EPHS gymnasium is expected to be undertaken as volunteers begin disassembling sections of interior bleacher seating.
The gym project is being led by former city resident and philanthropist John Carnevale. Fundraising events in support of the renovations are planned over the next several weeks. The plan received a boost last year when Providence College donated sections of bleachers from Alumni Hall to East Providence.
“We’re trying to do anything we can to help. I appreciate Pepsi for supporting this idea and respecting me enough as an employee to do this,” said Mr. Carrier, a driver for Pepsi based out of Cranston and who also credited company supervisor Steve Barker for backing his effort.
“John is doing one helluva job starting the gym project and I know the School Department is really excited about this,” Mr. Carrier added. “We’re going to start removing some of the bleachers. We’re going to paint four to six classrooms. We’re just trying to do our part to help spruce up the place a little bit.”
Last year, Mr. Carrier and Pepsi Co. sponsored a similar project at Oldham Elementary School in Riverside. Volunteers painted the interior of the building, landscaped the exterior and built a play space for the nursery school students.