College Students Paint Deployed Soldier’s House

William Cookson had just started painting his Salina, Kansas home when he got orders to deploy to Kuwait with his Kansas Army National Guard unit. So he had to leave his project unfinished. But when the Military Affairs Council and the Salina Chamber of Commerce heard about it, they found help to get the job done for the soldier.

Officials contacted instructors in the Diesel Technology program at the Salina Area Technical College and asked for volunteers to come help paint. Instructor Mike Parker says all 40 of their students were happy to volunteer to work on the house for Cookson.

“Not a lot of us college students got a lot of money, but we do have a lot of time,” student Austin Workman says. “So this is the easiest and the most thoughtful way of giving back.” And just imagine how happy Cookson will be when he comes back from duty to a freshly painted house!

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