Crestwood High senior designs banners to 'spruce up Mantua'

Teen's 13 banners hung on signs throughout village

By Rachel Hagenbaugh | Staff Writer Published:

The Village of Mantua just got a little more festive, but not for the holiday season. Crestwood High School senior Brittany Donell recently hung 13 4-feet-by-2-feet Crestwood High School banners that she designed for a school project.

"In the (Junior-Senior Seminar), you have to figure out a service project that you can do for an organization or your community," Donell said. "I go through Ravenna a lot and see their banners and that gave me the idea to spruce up Mantua."

It took Donell about a month to design the banners using Adobe Photoshop.

Not only did she create the banners, but got several quotes for the cost to print the banners, presented the idea to Village Council and visited local businesses with a letter and picture of the design to request donations.

"I asked if they wanted to help and maybe bring more business and brighten up Mantua," Donell said. "A lot of them said 'yes' right on the spot."

The banners, which cost $97.50 each, were paid for through donations from local businesses and the Mantua-Shalersville Chamber of Commerce.

"It's a great project and we're happy to support it," said Chamber of Commerce President Christine Pitsinger. "We like to see teens stepping up in the community."

Donell also provided the school's student council with the information they would need, including repair costs, to take care of the banners after she graduates.

"She's been so well prepared," said teacher Christine Spencer. "She's done a great job making this project her own."

For the class, a lot of students participate in fundraisers, but Donell was interesting in revitalizing the village.

"I felt that Crestwood gave me a really good education," she said. "They're helping me set up my life and I thought I should give back to the community."

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1123 or rhagenbaugh@recordpub.com

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