It was just a few weeks ago that a Sheetz gas station was standing on a corner of Main Street in Philippi. And while the old building may be gone to make way for a new one, not all of its equipment is history. Thanks to Sheetz, some of the coolers from the old gas station building have gone to Barbour County Schools. The coolers will be used to revive a meat program at the county technical center, a program that students want back.
"We did a survey of students. There were over 150 students interested in the meats program. So this is something that we would like to try and get off the ground again, and make it a viable option for our kids for employment purposes," said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Super.
While student interest is a big part of the decision to try and restart that program, it's also a way to improve the educational offerings in Barbour County and offer county students another path to employment after they finish school.
"We've got to look at what our kids want as best we possibly can with the resources that we have. And every county's facing the same problem, dwindling resources and trying to meet student demand, so with this program, it takes a little bit of heat off our other ones in terms of enrollment. We can diversify," Super said.
The start of the program is still some time off; there's a lot that needs to be done before the county will be able to bring it back. But thanks to Sheetz's donation, that day may be just a bit closer.
"When we are able to find the funding for a separate building for a meats program, we'll be able to use those coolers, and we're very appreciative of Sheetz and the arrangement that Mr. Matlick was able to work out with them to get those coolers for us," said Super.