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District News

August 23, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hundreds of volunteers clean up and beautify school grounds

More than 250 volunteers from faith-based organizations and parent groups joined together August 20 for the Gresham-Barlow School District’s “Community Care Day.”
Volunteers worked on several beautification projects, which included pulling weeds, raking, spreading bark dust, pruning, and painting.

Due to budget constraints, the Gresham-Barlow School District is limited in its upkeep of school grounds.

“The help we get from volunteers to get ready for the school year is invaluable,” said Gresham-Barlow School District Facilities Director Terry Taylor. “For instance, volunteers from East Hill Church adopted fourteen of our nineteen schools. Their sweat equity means the schools grounds will be ready to welcome students September 6.”

In addition to East Hill Church, Grace Community Church, and First Baptist Church participated in the event. Cornerstone Church, Gresham Bible Church and Good Shepherd Community Church will work on school grounds in the coming weeks.

Volunteers from Grace Community Church also worked on “inside projects.” Grace volunteers painted, put up bulletin boards, and built shelves at East Gresham Elementary School in addition to sprucing up the school grounds.

The idea for the event came from volunteers in the Portland Public School District. “Community Care Day” started in the Portland Public School District eleven years ago. The Gresham-Barlow School District has been receiving “Community Care Day” help from churches and volunteers since 2004.

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