ELOY — Eloy community members gathered at Curiel Primary School on Aug. 10 to assemble nearly 180 desks and chairs for the students.
“How awesome is this,” Eloy Elementary School District Superintendent Ruby James said of seeing the community come together on a Saturday morning. “We have teachers, parents, the fire department and Robson Ranch people are here and we’re all working it out.”
New furniture that had been ordered arrived after classes started in July, creating a crunch to assemble it over a weekend.
Students from Santa Cruz Valley Union High School and Eloy Junior High School also helped in assembling the desks and chairs as the football players and wrestlers removed the old desks and chairs from the classrooms and brought in the new ones.
“Eloy parents I cannot say enough about, not just the parents but the community and the students,” James said.
Also helping was City Councilman Jose Garcia, who is also a teacher at the junior high and who spread the word to the fire district and the police department.
“I came out here because I knew the school district needed help,” he said. “Fire made it out here, and I think they built like 50 desks all together. One of the things we lack is staff to put all these things together so to have parents and older siblings come out to help, this is great.”
Garcia also added that it was great to see so many people give up their Saturday morning to help.
“They gave that time up to be here because they know there’s a need and they care about the kids,” he said.
Eloy Fire District Battalion Chief Derrick Ethington said that his crew came out to give back the community because the people do a lot for them.
Ethington noted that assembling the desks and chairs was not a difficult task for them.
“It’s kind of what we do. If we have a problem we figure out how to get it done,” he said. “It’s kind of a firefighter thing — we have a project in front of us and it usually comes together because the personalities involved get things done.”
Ethington added that he hopes once other people and organizations hear about this event, they’ll want to come out and help with future events.
“The more people that are involved and helping with the schools and the kids, the better the outcome all around,” he said.
James expressed her gratitude to the group once all the classrooms were filled with the new furniture.
“I want to say thank you on behalf of the Curiel Coyotes,” she said. “Thank you for coming through for me. You guys see the magnitude of work, I couldn’t have done this without you. The students when they get here on Monday, they’re going to break some, but that’s OK, we’ll fix them. I have a nice little shop going for repairs.”
During the Eloy Elementary School District’s monthly board meeting, Curiel principal Abigale Tarango expressed her gratitude for all those involved in assembling the desks and chairs.
“The kid’s are ecstatic about them,” Tarango said. “They just absolutely love them, and the space in there is such a difference instead of those big old desks that we used to have.”