Mill Hill house in Macon gets money from high school students

Macon Arts Alliance received its first grant to help with the renovation of a house in east Macon’s Mill Hill neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

The Milledgeville chapter of the Watson-Brown Foundation Inc.’s Junior Board of Trustees presented a $5,250 stabilization grant to the arts alliance.

Jonathan Hartwell-Dye, director of communications for the alliance, said the grant will be spent to help repair the roof and/or the porch of the house at 217 Schell Ave., but it won’t pay for everything.

This particular home’s roof is “one of the most endangered,” he said, and the local funding will help.

Mariah Manoylov, president of the Watson-Brown Foundation’s junior board of trustees, said the high school students, such as herself, that make up the junior board chose the Mill Hill project because of its value to the community.

“We thought that funding art would be a good thing to do,” she said.

The foundation’s junior board teaches students the importance of historic preservation and the work of nonprofits.

Other Mill Hill houses will be renovated with funds from the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority.