Mount Vernon-Enola Elementary School will start improvements to its cafeteria/auditorium in the next couple of weeks thanks to a $5,000 donation from First Security Bank.

"The elementary school was built in 1938," Superintendent Larry Walters told the Log Cabin Democrat. "It’s time to do a little updating there. This help from First Security is a start."

The district plans to improve the curtains, floor, lighting and sound system. With the money it received from the bank, the school can order curtains in the next couple of weeks and then get started on the floor, Walters said.

"That’s only part of it," he said. "We want to try to remodel the whole stage. My principal and PTO are taking the initiative."

The district’s technology person will check out the speaker system to see what upgrades are needed there.

Walters said he hopes to see the improvements complete before the end of the year.

"We’d like to have it finished in time for our Christmas play," he said. "All grade levels at the elementary school do a singing program and we invite in the parents and grandparents to watch them perform."

Once complete, the improved cafeteria/auditorium will serve nearly 300 children as well as the community.

"It will be open the community," Walters said. "When you’re a small community like this, the school is part of the town. We allow the community to use it for meetings and programs and such."

Anyone who wishes to contribute to the improvements can inquire how by calling 501-849-2220.