Volunteers spend Saturday cleaning, painting Metro schools

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It was a day of digging and adding fresh paint to the walls of 25 schools in Davidson County Saturday. For the 25th year in a row, hundreds of volunteers took part in the Hands On Nashville Day.

“It is great to get out and support the community, but also being able to see the change from when we arrive in the morning and when we leave in the afternoon,” volunteer Kaylan Goodwin told News 2.

Nearly1,500 volunteers provided about a $100,000 worth of time and service Saturday. Among those volunteers was Nashville Mayor Megan Barry.

“We get to come into schools, we get to paint, we get to plant trees,” said Mayor Barry.

She went on to say the number of people spending their day to help others shows a lot about Music City.

“Nashville has an incredible giving community and all of these volunteers are coming out today are giving up their Saturday to make Nashville a better place to be.”

This gives the perfect first time impression to new Nashvillians like Warner Elementary Principal Denise Jacono.

“I heard that we get a large turnout for this day; I never anticipated that we would have the number of volunteers here.”

Jacono said the bright makeover can impact those walking the halls every day.

“When I walked in in July, it was not a child friendly building. It didn’t say, ‘Come on kids, we want you here. It wasn’t bright and cheerful, so today’s event is helping us realize our vision,” explained Jacono.

She says she’s grateful for everyone making a difference.

Over the last 25 years, more than 25,000 volunteers have donated 75,000 hours of service to the program.

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