|Updated: 8/05/2011 6:51 am
||Published: 8/04/2011 7:34 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Parents, teachers, and students at Robinson Middle School are so excited about the first day of school, many showed up more than one week early. Not for class, but to help clean up the campus.
The Robinson Middle School Annual Grounds and Locker Cleaning brought out hundreds of people even in the hundred degree heat to clean. Parents and students pitched in to wash, scrub, and rake to get their school looking great for the first day.
They came armed with gloves, towels, cleaning supplies and presser washers. PTO Co-Vice President Andrea Hines says the volunteer work really makes the school a better place.
"This is a way for everyone to come together."
The draw for students is more focused on a piece of prime real estate. Alexis Leyval will be in 6th grade this year. She's excited to decorate her locker.
"That's actually why my friends are coming, so we can get lockers by each other."
For parents, helping clean up is a chance to help their kids feel more comfortable on campus the first day, and lead by example. Michelle Morgan says helping out, and getting the whole family to pitch in is a great way to instill school pride and the right attitude to start of the new school year.
"I think the message it sends to the community is that the parents and students at Robinson Middle School are vested in the school, and by starting out this way, that shows."
The Robinson Parent Teacher Organization says helping out doesn't end here. Volunteers are always needed at school year round.