Oregon Volunteers Give Moss Point Schools Makeovers

With paint brushes and buckets in hand, a 198 member team from Oregon is on a mission to give every classroom and hallway in Escatawpa Elementary a fresh and colorful look.

"I knew there would be some hard work," Volunteer Meagan O'Grady said.

Meagan O'Grady, 18, says the school was badly in need of a new paint job.

"It looked worn down," O'Grady said.

But O' Grady says once the makeover is completed, the results will add smiles to the faces of Escatawpa Students.

"Everyone is not going to be there all the time to personally give that feeling, so having a school look good could. And it helps their creative minds, I think."

Project leader Glen Mitzel says he wants the outside to look as immaculate as the inside. That's why he has assigned a group of teens to pick up litter around school grounds.

"We realize in this area some of the students are coming from trouble homes, school maybe the only safe haven. We wanted to show the love of Christ to the people of Mississippi," Mitzel said.

Painting and cleaning is just part of this group's mission. The teenagers have also started a sports camp for local youth to have fun.

Down the road at New Covenant Community Ministries, Oregon Volunteer Rex Dodge is offering everything from water games, to simple sand castle competitions.

"Whatever we can do to connect with the kids, have fun with them, and give them opportunities," Dodge said.

Besides having fun, the kids are also getting a lesson on generosity, thanks to these Oregon volunteers.

Calling All Christians Church in Moss Point is holding a thank you celebration for the Oregon group, Tuesday evening at 8pm.