INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Hundreds of volunteers gathered to help spruce up four Independence, Missouri, schools with Project Shine Saturday morning.
The 11th annual event helped clean, paint and beautify Bryant Elementary, Korte Elementary, Proctor Elementary and Pioneer Ridge Middle School.
The event began 11 years ago when the Independence School District annexed six schools from Kansas City. An emergency clean up was necessary to get the schools ready for students.
The impressive community support and volunteer spirit helped Project Shine become an annual event.
Since that first year, more than 12,000 people have volunteered more than 60,000 hours to the event.
This year, more than 1,100 gallons of paint and nearly 80,000 pounds of mulch were be spread.