JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A Jackson elementary school received a helping hand from community leaders and parents Saturday. A couple dozen people gathered at Marshall Elementary School on Oak Forest Drive for a day of work and fellowship.
Rakes and trash bags in hand volunteers worked to clean up the grounds of the school. It was the final project for "Take Our Family To School Week."
"This is an initiative to get the parents, the teachers and the students involved," said fourth grade teacher Tarica Hall.
The goal was not only to beautify a place where children come to learn, but also to show the children that they are cared for by people in the community. Men from Anderson South United Methodist Church rolled up their sleeves and pitched in.
"We have a strong desire to help the community. We think if anyone should help the community it should be Christians. We're trying to stimulate the parents here to get very involved and to get involved in the education of their children," said Pastor Timothy Howard.
The day of service ended with a cook out for parents, church members and the young students to come together.
"We want them to grow up to be strong men and strong women and faithful men and virtuous women. We're very concerned on what goes on here at Marshall Elementary," said Howard.
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