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Volunteers prepared Southeast's schools for opening day

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - New Woodstock Elementary School Principal T.J. Fuller, along with students Andrew and Aliya Kobus and Lucy Weinberg, dig in - to mulch the flowerbeds at the school on August 24th.In advance of the first day of school after Labor Day, parents and their kids from Inner Southeast Portland schools partnered for Project Community Care Day on Saturday, August 24th.

Volunteers spent the morning helping to spruce up the exteriors of their local elementary and middle schools.

At Woodstock Elementary School, groups of parents and students were deep in landscaping work – pulling weeds, and spreading bark dust.

“It’s awesome to see so many parents and kids here, willing to give up their Saturday to help their school look good when school starts,” smiled new Principal T.J. Fuller. “I think it really is a great opportunity for parents to show how much they care about their kids’ school.”

At Portland Public Schools across the district, a total of more than 7,000 volunteers helped with the one-day cleanup.