Dennis Pirch is among the many teachers who have witnessed, and are greatly appreciative, of what Cari and Greg Day -- owners of Macky's Grill -- have done for Payson Schools.
Pirch tells the story of he and his wife, Cathy, arriving on the high school campus one weekend afternoon only to see a man operating a backhoe on a beautification project.
At first, Dennis thought the man running it was automotive teacher Doug Eckhardt. But later he realized it was Greg Day.
In a conversation with Greg, Dennis learned he was on campus of his own doing to finish up a project.
Greg's dedication in giving up a weekend day impressed the Pirches.
"He saw something that needed to be done and jumped right in and did it," Dennis said. "And he seemed kind of shy about it, like he didn't want in recognition for what he was doing."
The high school improvement project is not all the Days have been involved in.
In late May, both helped finish an ambitious landscaping project near the Rim Country Middle School eighth-grade building.
What once was an eyesore is now a place of pride for students and teachers. Cari also served as the chairperson of the Payson School Beautification Committee that spearheaded a drive in early April to improve all Payson school campuses.
At each school, volunteers worked on about four to six projects during the half-day of work. Drive around to any of the four schools and check out the campuses. All are remarkably eye appealing. At the conclusion of the work session, Macky's Grill catered a picnic at Frontier Elementary School to recognize donors and volunteers.
"We want to our kids to be proud of our schools," Cari said at the time.
In addition to serving as the chairperson of the Beautification Committee, Cari is on the site committee at Frontier Elementary and Rim Country Middle Schools. From all accounts, she's a very active committee member who can be counted on to shoulder about any load.
When family and friends were scrambling last winter to plan a funeral for Payson High School assistant coach Jack Morris, the Days volunteered their help. At Morris' celebration of life held at the Elks Lodge, the Days sent Macky's employees to help with the potluck.
In addition to their volunteer work at the schools, the Days are raising children that any parent would be proud of. Teachers who have had Trevor, Jeff or Allie in their classes praise them as a pleasure to teach.
Dennis might have described the family best, "They are solid people, the kind you like to have in your schools and in your town."
Next time you drop by Macky's, give Greg and Cari a huge thanks for all they've done for our schools.
Football, cheer hold sign-up
Payson Youth Football will hold a player and cheerleader registration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 10 in the conference room of the APS building located at 400 W. Longhorn Road.
Parents need to bring to the sign-up a copy of their child's birth certificate. Children 6 to 13 years of age are eligible to participate. The registration fee for football is $70. For cheerleading, it is $50.