Pasco, Florida -- J.W. Mitchell High School had a major problem – the Mustangs' first home football game was tonight and the bleachers were disgusting.
"They were as black as tar," said Gary Smith, owner Eco-Green Roof Cleaning & Pressure Washing.
"There was a lot of black mold and green mold," said his employee, Andy.
After months of hard, summer rains, and not enough maintenance staff to fix them, the bleachers sat caked with mold. Word had it that the school didn't have the money in its budget to fix them.
"With the amount of rain we've had this summer, it's hard to keep up with our grounds," said Russell Jett, who was busy spray painting white lines on the football field Thursday afternoon. "It's a little harder than people realize."
So, Smith stepped up. He'd been looking for a way to give back to his community. The 1997 Seminole High School grad remembered how important school spirit was to him and wanted to do something to bring some life back to the Mustangs' bleachers.
Smith guesses it took around 600 gallons of water to scrub the stadium clean. His crew worked for ten hours in the steamy sun on Wednesday and then another ten hours on Thursday to finish the job.
"It's night and day difference," he said. "It's not a safety issue anymore. It's not embarrassing. No one is going to slip. No one is going to get here and say 'Man, these look dingy'. It looks really good. They're ready for their game."
Now, Smith wants to help the rest of the Bay Area schools in need.
"What we'd really like to do is offer our services to any of the Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough or Hernando schools to clean up their stadium areas as well," he said with a smile. "Hopefully this will kick something off for all of the schools that need something done."
For help with your school, contact Eco-Green Roof Clean & Pressure Washing, a Pasco-based cleaning company specializing in non-pressure Bio-Gel roof cleaning and more.