'Hands On Nashville Day" Expected To Be The Biggest Yet
by Emily Luxen
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Volunteers are gearing up the 21st annual Hands on Nashville Day.
Two thousand volunteers will be spending their Saturday sprucing up 58 schools across Davidson County. It is the largest day of volunteerism in Nashville, and officials said this year will be the biggest yet. Residents will focus on projects ranging from planting, to painting to landscaping.
"This helps brighten the schools," said Director of Communications for Hands on Nashville, Becca Stinson, " these are projects that are easy for volunteers to complete in four hours, but make a big impact visually."
In a world that is clouded by tight budgets and limited resources, officials at area schools say the work of volunteers goes a long way. Just a few hours of hard work will save the Metro school system thousands of dollars.
"It's going to be a real nice surprise for the kids when they come in on Monday morning," said Assistant Principal at Buena Vista Elementary, Derek Sanborn, " They will really be able to see the investment the community has given back."
At Buena Vista, volunteers will be focusing on painting the school inside and out, and landscaping.
"Anytime you come into a place where things have been renovated, it gives everyone a new attitude," said Sanborn, "It will be a great way to start off next week."
Volunteers will work Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to noon. Every volunteer who pre-registers will get at T-shirt and an invitation to the CMT One Country Celebration at Limelight after projects are complete from noon to 2 p.m.
Anyone interested in participating should log on to www.HON.org/honday for more information and to register.