SPRINGFIELD, -- In less than two weeks, Springfield students will head back to class. As kids are getting their supplies, volunteers are making sure the schools are ready.
More than 400 volunteers with James River and Central Assembly spent their Saturday hard at work. Folks gave Pipkin Middle School and York Elementary a facelift. The schools got a fresh coat of paint, new landscape, along with some other upgrades.
This partnership saves a lot of money for Springfield Public Schools. The district does not have to pay for the labor. Plus, volunteers often bring their own equipment. Educators say they are grateful for the help.
"We are fortunate to have spiritual leadership in this town that understands there's a mission field in our backyard. It just makes them feel like the community is behind them. I think our kids need to feel that," said Gary Danielson, York Elementary Principal.