Volunteers help to spruce up school

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Several Hancock County students will be heading back to a brighter classroom all thanks to hundreds of volunteers who spent their Saturday with paint brushes in hand.

Jenny Seymour is the incoming principal for South Hancock Elementary.

"You know that old saying, 'It takes a village to raise a child.' Well, it takes a community to raise a school, and that's what we are doing here today," Seymour said.

Seymour was touched by more than 200 volunteers who spent Saturday making the school a brighter place.

"I didn't have words this morning. It's overwhelming. The project grew so much bigger than I thought it would be," Seymour said. "I knew our classrooms would get painted, but I thought it would be our hands doing it not the large number of people that showed up to do it."

The large gathering of gracious volunteers was because of Habitat for Humanity.

"What we do is mostly partner with families to help them obtain decent affordable housing but in a larger perspective. We are about community development. This is a perfect example," David Walker with Bay-Waveland Habitat For Humanity said. "Schools are the foundation of our communities, and anything we can do to help them be successful we want to be a part of."

"In Katrina, we have depended on outside people to come in and help us, and this is a perfect example that we are now helping our own. So it is a very proud moment for me," Seymour said.

And although to some it may seem like only paint, school Superintendent Alan Dedeaux said it will have a big impact on the students.

"They are going to be so excited," Dedeaux said. "It is going to put them in the right learning environment and do great things this year, great things."

So these brush stokes will pay dividends this year and in the years to come.

"They are not only touching the people in the building, they are not only helping us put paint on the walls, they are helping us mold our future," Seymour said.

Every room was a different color, that's because every teacher was able to pick their own color. Many instructors said their new color will go along with a theme, like blue for under the sea.

So it's not just about color, it's about creating a fun way to learn.

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