"We're trying to make it visitor friendly and educational," she said. "We want something that is hands-on, attractive and eye-catching."
Kali Cuttaia, a 24-year-old University of Charleston student studying sports management and business, joins the pair. Currey's 10-year-old grandson, Kellen, assists the trio of students.
Each morning the interns arrive early at the group's headquarters in Tornado's Meadowlands Park to open its boat rental business and prepare for the day.
They clean and service the fleet of kayaks and canoes, stock merchandise and sale displays. When guests arrive at the park for a day on the water, the interns handle their business transactions, go over safety procedures, outfit boaters with lifejackets and help them get their boats in the water. Weekends are their busiest time for rentals, so they devote much of the weekdays to working on their own projects.
The students will also be staffing this year's 11-mile float trip fundraiser, The Tour de Coal, taking place June 20 to 23. Last year's event featured more than 600 paddlers in 400 boats and the group expects an even greater turnout this time around.
"We'll be getting busy pretty soon figuring out how we're going to run that," Shamblin said.
Before the trip, the interns will staff a "Pre-registration Bash" where participants can register early, take paddling lessons and enjoy the park's amenities.
"We'll be helping people learn to kayak," Shamblin said. "We plan to orient them on safety, teach them some different paddle stokes and actually get them in the water. We'll let everyone play around and kind of get used to being in the water."
With the help of the interns this summer, Currey said he hopes to attract new visitors and customers to the river, some of who will inevitably decide to denote their time to the revitalization effort.
"The only real challenge is getting people to come out," he said. "Once they're here, see what we're doing and see the river, they'll want to help out and come back."
Contact writer Charles Young at charles.yo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.