The Luther Middle School student store has operated at the center of campus for decades, serving as a gathering spot for students looking to check out sports equipment and purchase after-school snacks.
But in recent years the 200-square-foot, free-standing space had fallen into disrepair. The cracked tile floor was covered with an impenetrable layer of grime and hundreds of student signatures — the oldest dated 1972 — covered the walls and furnishings.
“The student store was in vast need of repair,” student government advisor Lucy Bowers said.
So in August, Bowers set out with a core group of student leaders to give the facility an upgrade. After several months of strategizing, they took the first step of covering the dull gray exterior with a couple fresh coats of green and yellow paint — the middle school’s official colors.