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600 volunteers get schools ready in Day of Action

Volunteers worked at Glenn Marlow Elementary and other schools across the county during Day of Action on Friday. Volunteers worked at Glenn Marlow Elementary and other schools across the county during Day of Action on Friday.

More than 600 community volunteers came together to work on 44 service projects at 23 Henderson County schools as part of United Way of Henderson County’s annual Day of Action on Friday.

 

Projects included painting walls, cleaning playgrounds, mulching, and many more. In addition to serving at local schools, volunteers donated non-perishable food donations for MANNA’s Packs for Kids and school supply items for Henderson County students in need.

“Day of Action is in its third year,” said Denise Cumbee Long, Executive Director of United Way of Henderson County. “And, we are thrilled to see more and more people volunteer to help get our schools ready for the new academic year. We love seeing the smiles of the teachers and principals who are excited to have help on projects that may not be part of their budget.”
This day of service wouldn’t have been possible without the partnership of Henderson County Public Schools and Pardee UNC Healthcare, sponsor of Day of Action. Over 600 volunteers donated 2,400 hours to improve local schools and make the community a better place. Their time and effort equates to a contribution of $59,256 and makes a significant impact.
“Pardee is proud to partner with United Way and Henderson County Public Schools because research has shown that schools that are supported thrive,” stated Jay Kirby, Pardee UNC Health Care President.
“Day of Action represents the very best of what makes our community special,” said John Bryant, Assistant Superintendent of Henderson County Public Schools. “Community partners, like United Way and Pardee UNC Health Care, are investing in our most precious resource, our children. The success of our schools and students is the product of this support.”

Schools, teachers and students will benefit from the work that local volunteers accomplished Friday. “We want to thank everyone who came out to help,” said Long. “I hope the volunteers go home knowing they are truly making a difference!”