A 12-year-old student from McCormick Middle School just finished repainting the Wellington Community Park snack stand.
Maile Oswald undertook the project as part of her “genius hour” at McCormick, which refers to time students were given toward the end of the school year to pursue their interests. The idea is fashioned after weekly free time given to Google employees, which led to the development of Gmail and other innovations at the tech giant.
“I wanted to do a community service kind of project,” said Oswald at a July 5 village council meeting. “Since my parents have been working at the concession stand I decided to repaint it. It looked kind of nasty.”
Oswald’s father, Derick Oswald, has been a Wellington firefighter for 18 years. The pair notified former village manager Steve Pyles that they wanted to paint the stand. Pyles had them write up her own proposal, which Maile displayed for village council while giving a rundown of her work.
For roughly $100, the pair put a new coat of white paint on the stand interior complemented with Wellington Dukes logos, a maroon stripe along the entire back wall, and a new shelf for chips and snacks.
Derick Oswald also serves as treasurer of the Ohio Girls Softball Organization in Wellington. He proudly joined Maile at village council to see what reception their efforts received.
“The Wellington OGSO pretty much took over the snack bar,” he said. “Maile noticed that it needed some freshening up so we got to it. People have seen what we did and we’ve gotten compliments every day about how nice and fresh it looks. She did most of the painting and designing of the details.”
McCormick teacher Michael Braddock, who coordinated the genius hour project, said all students will be encouraged to use a community service theme in their projects next year.
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Twelve-year-old Maile Oswald shows off the fruits of her genius hour project to Wellington village council at a meeting July 5.
Photo courtesy of Derick Oswald Maile Oswald, along with her father, Wellington firefighter Derick Oswald, spent $100 to repaint the interior of the Wellington Community Park snack stand.