By Mary L. Harp, TSB Contributor
During its second annual workday, Burks Elementary School was bustling with more than 60 volunteers from St. Peter’s and St. Andrew’s Episcopal of McKinney. Kids were pounding rocks while mowers and hedge trimmers and other power tools were buzzing with basic landscape and construction repairs outside. Meanwhile inside the school corridors, loud and happy sounds were coming from the teachers’ lounge and the supply closet where volunteers were painting walls and pounding pvc pipe joints together to assemble much needed shelves.
Students Sean Campbell and Andrew Austin were spotted pounding large rocks to manageable sizes for removing. The Feines family, Doug, the dad, mom Leslie and boys Conner, Peyton and Morgan, built the soccer field. Meanwhile, Bill Johnson, Bruce Lowman and Steve Vanlandingham were over at the basketball hoops retrofitting them by clever manipulation of unusual pliers for the removal of the old and mangled hoops and rings for the new and sturdier hoops for vigorous and aspiring athletes.
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Burks Elementary matched wits, elbow grease and character with Principal Pam Bendorf, McKinney ISD Campus Coordinator Eva Madera, School Counselor Katie Wallace, and parents Robert Campigny, Mike Marcos and Robbye McClenahan, just to name a few of their volunteers in the teachers lounge. Learning, observing, assisting and being an all around kid was Layna Campigny. From stripping the room bare to a completed redecoration, no detail was left undone.
The whole of everything would not have been so energetic and so alive without the refreshments, peanut butter and crackers, the salted chips and power drinks and just plain old water, fresh sunshine and a good breeze to clear the air of paint fumes and unknown bugs.
Jamie St. Clair, community coordinator of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church said, “Burks Elementary is one of the many good things our church is committed to in the community. Each week, through the school year, volunteers come to Burks and mentor students by reading to them. Anyone can volunteer. Volunteers get the work done! We give them our best.”
Pictured: Students Andrew Austin and Sean Campbell