Drake State Technical College gazebos get a makeover

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Gazebos across Drake State Technical College are getting a makeover as students and The Home Depot volunteers grab paint rollers and get to work.

They were painting the gazebos, repairing weak places, and landscaping around them as work paid for by $10,000 from The Home Depot's Retool Your School program.

It supports improvement projects at historically black colleges and universities, and it's allowing students and staff at Drake State College to work on campus beautification.

Helen McAlpine, president of the college, said, "We are a commuter college, which means the students drive in and often times the classes are not back-to-back. And they need an area just to relax."

McAlpine said the three gazebos in need of touch-ups have been spruced and should help with that.

Research and Grant Coordinator Lesley Shotts said the spaces were previously used as smoking areas, but since the campus went non-smoking they've been re-purposed.

"It's so important for us because we're really doing this for the students," she said.