Volunteers clean up Blackville elementary school

Nearly 100 volunteers came together Saturday to freshen up Macedonia Elementary School in Blackville before the new school year begins in a few weeks.
"We wanted to spruce up the school so it will have a fresh look for students," said Dr. Carolyn Anderson, the school's new principal.
Parents, students, school and district staff, church groups and community members spent most of the day trimming trees and bushes, planting colorful flowers and raking up leaves and other yard debris. They also painted some inside the school and repainted parking spaces.
"I wanted to help out the community. We all live here and should help out," even if you don't have a child at the school, said Antanya Edwards, a parent of a Blackville-Hilda High School student.
While many of the volunteers were locals, some came from neighboring counties.
Faye Kinard with Edisto Baptist Church in Branchville said they have been teaching their young adult Sunday school class about showing mercy to others and thought this would be a way to put their lessons into action. "We felt it was a good opportunity to reach out and let the students and teachers know we care."
Anderson said she plans to do more events like this that involve the community in the future. "We want to work with the community," she said, adding how they have an open door policy.