MOREAU — Donna Nichols, Kelly Obermayer and their colleagues will return to work Wednesday at the Moreau Community Center, but it won’t look like the same place.
“This is just incredible,” Obermayer, the center’s development director said Tuesday. “This is so great. It’s going to look like a new place when it is done.”
Sixty employees from Six Flags Great Escape Theme Park and Lodge spent the day at the center, doing their ninth annual Project 6 Day of Service.
“We are so glad they chose us, because we want to be the best that we can be,” said Nichols, the executive director. “It sets us up to move ahead in the future.”
Trent Sano, the director of administration at Six Flags, said choosing the center was natural for the company.
“They do so much for the community in so many different ways. Nothing could be better than what this center does,” said Sano, who noted the day of service is an important tradition. “It’s a day of rest for us, and we get to serve the communities that give back to us every year.”
The children who would have normally been at the center’s day care were instead getting a free visit to Six Flags Indoor Water Park.
Instead of children, the day-care room was full of painters, initially painting the bland walls with bright green, then moving on to paint mural scenes.
“I love to paint, and when they said there would be painting, I said, ‘Yes!’” said Bonnie LaPointe, a supervisor at Johnny Rockets restaurant. “I just love it.”
Gabriel Stinson, a corporate sales representative, admitted he doesn’t usually paint as part of his daily assignments.
“I bought a house last summer, so I got a lot of practice in,” he said.
Jessica Hansen, the company’s marketing and communications supervisor, said the idea was to share the park with the children.
“We’re trying to bring visions of the park here for them,” she said.
The children’s room was only one of the multiple projects on which the group rapidly worked. A group of maintenance employees was hard at work taking out a wall and renovating the seniors billiard room into a much more comfortable space.
Other work included painting the main floor and offices, taking out a stairwell and doing landscaping and tree removal.
Previous projects by the park’s employees have included the Tri-County United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Center for Disability Services and the Slate Valley Museum.
Donations for the renovation project came from Ace Hardware, Washburn Hills Construction and PPG Paints.
Programs at the community center include monthly clinics, array of senior programs, services that provides students with food over the weekend and day care.