BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Popp's Ferry Elementary campus was bustling Saturday morning with people looking to make a difference. The Church of the King in Biloxi organized a service day to get the school ready for the return of students.
"There's something about coming to a school where the kids really need it and cutting their grass, building something that's really going to help them. That really just goes a really long way," said the Rev. Jeremy Usury.
Usury helped organize the day of service to prepare Popp's Ferry Elementary for the first day of school. He remembered the phone call he made to the principal, Dr. Todd Boucher.
"Give us your wish list, and we want to do everything we can to fulfill your wish list," said Usury.
Boucher said the gesture alone touched him. When he sent a list of his to-do items, he didn't know what to expect.
"Now that I see it actually taking place, it's pretty overwhelming," Boucher said.
Around 100 volunteers spent the day painting benches, shaping up the landscape and even building dugouts for the baseball field.
"It's truly an honor and a blessing at the same time to show how well the community comes together," said Boucher.
According to Boucher, many of the volunteers helping in the effort were actually parents of his students. One of those parent volunteers was Dan Estes. He said the whole day of volunteering was really for one reason.
"Because the kids are the ones that are going to sit on the benches we're painting. The kids are going to play on the baseball fields we're fixing up and repairing, and seeing them have an opportunity to just enjoy it more is going to be fantastic," said Estes.
The volunteers also loaded up 150 boxes of school supplies for students to take home before the first day back.