INDEPENDENCE, Missouri - A thousand volunteers invaded five Independence school buildings with paint, mulch, and fresh plants. The schools were Blackburn Elementary School, Procter Elementary School, Sycamore Hills Elementary School, William Southern Elementary School, and the Sunshine Center.
“We are painting every hall, gymnasium, and cafeteria. This is all part of Project Shine,” said Superintendent Dr. Jim Hinson
Hinson said the project started four years ago after Independence annexed seven school buildings from Kansas City. They only had weeks to get the buildings ready for the school year.
“This program has been a yearly tradition,” said Hinson.
The age of the volunteers ranged from young to the young at heart. Carol Salinas makes it point to volunteer after having brain surgery two years ago.
“After being someone who has had brain surgery and suffered six grand mal seizures, I can come back to do what I love to do and that's volunteering and helping the community,” said Salinas.
The superintendent said volunteers and donations help the district during a tough economy.
The district plans to continue “Project Shine” next year.
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