At the age of almost 50, Calvin Jones became a father for the first time.
Jones, of Colora, and his wife, Debbie, adopted Debbie's grandsons - Jayme Kohlbus, now 8, and Kayven, now 7.
Jones has worked to be a role model for the boys.
His recent project with them will benefit an entire school community. Rising Sun Elementary often holds collections - Coats for Kids or food for the needy. Previously, they just used a decorated cardboard box that was faded and worn.
School office staffer Janet Grantham asked Jones, who is a contractor, if he would create a permanent, attractive box for the school lobby. The school would fund the materials if Jones would do the work. He did both - paid for the wood, fasteners, and paint and made the three foot tall, four foot wide, two foot deep orange with black trimmed box.
He also used it as a lesson for Jayme and Kayven. They not only were shown how to build, they also learned that it will be used to help those in need.
"We sat at home and made the drawings. Then we went and got the plywood that they (the children) loaded in the truck," said Jones. He also taught the boys about measuring and assembling. It was a hands on project for all of them.
The boys began living with Debbie and Calvin in 2012. They formally adopted them in 2015. They've all adjusted nicely.
"You can buy them the world and ruin them or you can take them and teach them," said Jones.
Rising Sun Elementary Principal Cindy Fitzpatrick said the box was better than she imagined it would be. "Every year we talked about how ugly the cardboard box is. We talked about having the School of Tech make one. The best thing about this one is that it's on wheels and we can move it around for loading and unloading. I'm so happy with this. It's a perfect box for our donations," said Fitzpatrick. Jones initially was told to make the box without a lid. When school staff changed their minds later, he made a matching lid.
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