Flint—Community activists, parents, students and staff are asked to lend a hand on Saturday, May 30, for a community clean up of Garfield School which closed in 2009.
The clean up, being held in collaboration with SERVPRO of NW Genesee County & Fenton, will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. rain or shine at the site of the school, 301 E. McClellan St.
“The community was worried about this building and we listened. Finances are tight, but we see this as a priority. We want our schools—whether closed or open— to remain safe, secure and pleasing to the eye,” Interim SuperintendentLarry Watkins said. “I ask anyone who is able to come out and lend a hand on Saturday and help better our community.”
Twenty volunteers are needed for the clean up effort. Volunteer duties include laying mulch at the nearby playground and picking up litter and debris around the school yard. Volunteers are asked to wear closed toe shoes and bring work gloves. Trash bags will be provided. To register, call (810) 767-6024.
Billy’s Dumpster will provide dumpsters and SERVPRO will be providing a lunch of hot dogs, potato chips and bottled water for those who attend.
“We enjoy being a partner with Flint Community Schools and we believe it is a privilege to give back to a community that has trusted SERVPRO for almost 20 years,” said Randy Miller, owner and general manager of SERVPRO. “Through this board-up and cleaning project we hope to support our neighbors by creating a safer environment for the children and families that will come to the school property to use the playground or have a picnic in the grass. We want to do our part to help make Flint a wonderful place to live, work and play.”