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More Volunteers Needed For The Hands On Nashville Day Of Service

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One local volunteer group has organized a day of service in an effort to complete renovations at many Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Organizers at Hands On Nashville said 2,200 volunteers are needed, 1,800 have already signed up to complete the painting and landscaping projects at dozens of Metro Schools. They have organized a day of service set for September 21.

"You know the worn out saying it takes a village to raise a child," Anthony Febles, Principal Fall-Hamilton Enhanced Option School said. "It is absolutely the truth."

This is his first year at the elementary school and his wish list of improvement projects has steadily grown since the beginning of the year.

"This is the 1969 paint and you can tell that because it's hardly there anymore," he said while pointing out the chipped railings. "You can see that after 30 years worth of wear and tear and hundreds of children coming through. It needs some work."

"When we have moments to rally together as a community, we take them," Lisa Purcell, Vice President of External Affairs at Hands on Nashville said. "So we're excited about the 21st and the biggest ever Hands on Nashville Day."

Organizers hopes it's the biggest day of service for Metro Schools.

"We have corporate teams, we have faith based teams, we have sororities, fraternities, colleges and Universities coming together to make a difference in schools," Purcell added. "This project is so transformative and so large scale that you go away knowing (that) you made a difference."

Febles said he can't wait and his students will be thrilled about the improvements.

"They're going to want to come out here and they can't wait to get to recess," he said. "(They will) probably bug the teachers, ‘can we go to recess now? Can we go to recess now?'"

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