VERNON - A greenhouse at Vernon High School suffered enough damages that every day since the storm, agriculture and engineering teacher Kevin Shull and his classes have worked tirelessly to make repairs.
Luckily, aside of shaking up the landscape, Hurricane Michael has also shaken the hearts of business owner Ricky Cureton Jr. and his team at Emerald Coast Professional Erectors.
On Saturday, Cureton donated equipment and labor to complete needed repairs to the school's greenhouse. The contribution positioned the school's agricultural department to move closer to getting its hydroponics system running.
"Most rental places charged $2,000 a week for a lift and we simply don’t have the money," Principal Brian Riviere wrote in a Facebook post. "One call to Ricky and he came the next day not only with the equipment but with a full team of men to finish the greenhouse construction. The Cureton family have been tremendous assets to our schools and the Vernon community."
Located in Washington County and established in 2005, Emerald Coast Professional Erectors LLC specializes in prefabricated metal building, erection, repairs and insulation.
"The students had already done most of the work, a lot of the work," Cureton said Tuesday. "Until they got to the point it was too high for them. So, I just wanted to help - do my part."
Cureton was very humble about his contribution and said he plans to continue to help out with the greenhouse repairs as needed.
"If you can do it and someone asks you to do it, then do it," he said. "That's just the way I feel about it. It ain't no big deal."