Volunteers on MPS Campuses for 9/11 Day of Service

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – While many use the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks as a moment of reflection, volunteers have rolled up their sleeves and completed a day of service at Montgomery Public Schools.

Volunteers spent the day at Davis Elementary School and Capitol Heights Middle School doing basic maintenance inside the building, like repainting the bathrooms and touching up a few classrooms with a coat of paint.

“A fresh coat of paint goes a long way,” Davis Elementary Principal Tyler Merrell said.

Merrell added that volunteers painting schools are a way to give back to those who answered the call and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“I’m in no way comparing what our volunteers are doing to the events of 9/11,” Merrell said. “But they prioritize academics. They put the needs of others before their own.

Volunteer Dean Martinez said small acts of service are what keep the country together through unprecedented times.

“The day after 9/11, I think, is when the country was most united,” Martinez said.

The volunteer also added that helping schools with small maintenance jobs will make a difference in the lives of students by showing them that their community cares about them.

“I want to eliminate all kinds of you know, distractions potentially where they might not feel their learning environment is the most enjoyable,” he said, “now we can give them something that they can be proud on Monday morning.”

HandsOn River Region plans to oversee volunteer service at schools in the region to help track maintenance at MPS.

The next day of service will be September 11 at Brewbaker Elementary School from 1 to 4 p.m.

You can register as a volunteer here.

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