On Monday, February 22, Crash of Rhinos Painting will be repainting the exterior of the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf—a PK-12 school for hard-of-hearing and deaf students. In the spirit of giving back to their community, the local exterior painting company will be donating all materials and labor for the project.
Originally founded in 1967, the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf (PDSD) today serves more than 350 students, ranging from preschool to 12th grade. PDSD provides full educational support for students who are either hard-of-hearing or deaf. It is the only high school in the greater Phoenix area with a curriculum designed exclusively for hard-of-hearing or deaf students.
In 2007, PDSD built a new, 50,000 square-foot high school and middle school on its 14-acre campus, located near the intersection of Northern and 19th Avenues.
It was on a recent residential painting project that Mike Ricker, the owner of Crash of Rhinos Painting, first discovered that PDSD’s buildings needed new paint.
“We had just finished painting the personal home of a person affiliated with PDSD and were asked if we would consider repainting the facility for a discounted price,” Ricker said. “After checking into the organization and the great work they are doing, we made the decision to donate all labor and materials to help them continue the hard work so many of them do in serving the community. We are grateful to be able to help them in this small way!”