Hubbard High School’s art department, under the direction of teacher Josh MacMillan, has made it their mission to plow away cancer this winter.
Throughout the month of September, MacMillan and his students participated in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Paint a Plow program. The program encourages students across the state to decorate an ODOT plow with original artwork. This year, Hubbard High School’s design honors the memory of Melina Michelle Edenfield - a joyful, energetic and brilliant four-year-old who lost her battle against a deadly pediatric brain tumor on June 24, 2020 - just one month and two days after her initial diagnosis.
“My wife and I are friends with Melina’s parents. So, when it came time to decide on a design this year, I knew I wanted to honor Melina’s courageousness. Of course, my students were on board with the idea. So, we got to work on designing the plow to bring awareness to the Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation, which raises money in an effort to find a cure for terminal pediatric brain tumors. We hope that as motorists see this plow traveling throughout the region, they do a search for Melina's name, learn more about her story and donate to the cause,” said Josh MacMillan. “The Edenfield family has been raising funds in honor of Melina from the moment they could so that no other family has to go through what they did with her passing. I can’t think of a stronger or more positive family.”
ODOT District 4 will soon open its annual Paint the Plow competition. Pictures of plows painted throughout district 4 will be uploaded to the ODOT District 4 Facebook page. The picture with the most likes will win the competition. If Hubbard’s plow picture receives over 1,000 likes on the ODOT District 4 Facebook page, MacMillian will donate $100 to the Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation. To learn more about the Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation or to donate, visit http://www.mmefoundationjoy.org/.