For the past couple of years, Coon Rapids High School (CRHS) assistant wrestling coach Adam Thronson has wanted to have photos of the school’s athletic teams lining the walls of the athletic hallways in the school’s basement.
When Thronson took CRHS Principal Dr. Annette Ziegler on a tour of the area to share his vision, it was hard not to notice how scuffed the walls were and the areas with peeling paint. It was decided to add to the project, the walls should be painted white.
“I want to build school pride and have something for the athletes to feel proud of,” Thronson said.
“I want them to come to see the photos of all the different athletic teams and to be proud. I want the athletes to support each other and to build relationships between teams.”
In an effort to get the project done in a two-day period at the end of July, Thronson invited parents of athletes to help with the project.
Randy Olson of Coon Rapids was one of the parents who stepped up and volunteered his time. The father of a junior who is a member of the wrestling team, Olson has two other children who graduated from CRHS and a fourth child moving through Coon Rapids schools.
With a day off work, Olson, a CRHS grad himself, volunteered because he wanted to help the school.
“The painting is a project that needs to be done,” Olson said. “This is a way to give the kids something they can be proud of.
“And I want other parents and members of the Coon Rapids community to walk through the athletic hallways and think it’s a nice area.”
Olson said it’s a strong tradition for parents to volunteer their time at CRHS and he hopes this sends a message to students.
“Hopefully they will see that the community takes pride in their school,” he said.