New roof donated to High Point preschool

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HIGH POINT, N.C. - A preschool in High Point is looking forward to dry classrooms after a local roofing company offered to fix their roof for free.

Ark of Safety Pre-K program helps low income children prepare for kindergarten.

Director Angela Wilson-Newsome says they saved more than $10,000 over five years to buy a new roof this past March.

"Immediately after the new roof was put on, we had severe leakage. A lot of water coming in to the building, to the point where even yesterday with yesterday's rainstorm there was water literally dripping in through the ceiling," said the director.

She says the water has caused electrical problems and they knew they had to address the leaks before mold became an issue.

"To have a place that water's dripping in is not safe," said the director adding, "So for someone to come in who was supposed to be a professional and do this kind of work [and] jeopardize the safety of our children -- it made me livid."

She worried their preschool would no longer live up to its name, a promise to be safe for all children.

Angela says the original company refused to fix the roof and eventually stopped returning their phone calls altogether.

"We did our homework and got their credentials, references. They did work on one of my family member's houses. We thought we could trust them," said Wilson-Newsome.

The Pre-K program had no other choice but to start over, with a very limited budget. Thursday, Angela called Davis Roofing for a new quote.

"This was probably the worst roof application I've ever seen," said Davis Roofing owner, Shane Bryant, describing the work of the previous company.

Bryant couldn’t just walk away. "We had to do something. I was able to call in a few favors and get the materials donated. I figured we would donate the labor for this cause, too," said Bryant.

He gave Angela an original quote on the project but then crumpled up the sheet of paper and threw it away.

"She started crying when we told her we wanted to do it at no-cost," said Bryant.

Angela joked, "My husband's not a jealous man, and it's a good thing he's not because there's a new man in my life! I just gave Shane a big hug. I am really just so grateful and appreciative."

ABC Supply of Greensboro donated all of the shingles for the project. Davis Roofing took care of the labor costs. The roof is set to be finished by the end of the day Friday.

"That's just music to my ears! Let those hammers ring, please!" cried Angela.

"We try to give back to the community where it's needed. Everybody's affected by the community and sometimes -- it's just the right thing to do," said Bryant.

"I don't know when I've been so happy. It just renews my faith in mankind," said the director.