SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- More than a thousand volunteers with the James River Assembly came together to spruce up three elementary schools. For the past 14 years, the church as partnered with area schools to do some maintenance work.
This year the focus was on Campbell and Delaware and Ozarks Elementary Schools.
"The excitement level, you can feel it," said Todd Yearack with the James River Assembly.
The groups gathered over the weekend to work on the schools. The playground equipment got a fresh coat of bright colored paint. Volunteers built bookshelves and created special rooms for students with special needs.
Yearack says this year was there was a record number of volunteers. "A thousand-forty actually signed up to be a part of this great project and it just means so much for the church and part of the community serving and blessing the community."
Yearack added the best part about the project is knowing they are doing something they know will make the school year a little brighter for the kids.
"It would be awesome to see each of their faces on the day they come back to school and see what we've been able to do to help the schools."