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Updated: 4/22/2013 7:12 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Every year on Earth Day an organization called "Planet" does a day of service.

With Monday of this week being the first day of National Volunteer Week, a north Mississippi landscaping company and volunteers got their hands dirty doing a number of projects at a local school.

They teamed up to do a number of enhancements on the grounds of Joyner Elementary.

"We're mulching the flower beds, pruning shrubs, pruning trees," adds Brad McCully, owner of Sportsman Lawn & Landscape. "We're overhauling a water pond that they had here.  We're making it kid friendly and safe water pond so they can still have the water feature out here as well."

"We are painting some wood boards that will be a music station for the children," added volunteer Sarah McLellan.  "We're also laying pine straw and adding flowers to the garden."

The faculty at the school along with the PTA hopes this project will show the next generation what community service is all about.

"In conjunction with education we wanted to instill in our students the importance of giving back to the community," adds volunteer Stephanie Nettles.  "What better place to give back than right here at Joyner."

With the help of several dedicated volunteers this project is able to be completed in a matter of hours.
Without the volunteers, it's estimated that something like this would take at least a week before it would be finished.

"We've got seven or eight of our guys here today, and I think we got double or triple that as far as volunteers," adds McCully. "We're able to get a lot more knocked out."

In addition to a refurbished outdoor play area, the students will have a chance to learn something about the benefits of the Discovery Garden which may not be taught inside the classroom.

"You grow your own vegetables you can learn things about the process of plants growing, vegetables growing and the things that you can do with them," added Sherry Gravatt, Special Education teacher.

With both the play area and Discovery Garden restored and repaired, students should have more at their disposal when playing outside.
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