Belk spends day of service at MRES
by Mark Andrews
Jun 21, 2013 | 1930 views | 0 0 comments | 110 110 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Belk Cartersville Store Manager Larry Williams and Stephanie Tew assemble one of several bookcases at Mission Road Elementary School where store employees were volunteering Thursday. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Belk Cartersville Store Manager Larry Williams and Stephanie Tew assemble one of several bookcases at Mission Road Elementary School where store employees were volunteering Thursday. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Eric Redding, left, and Andy Elrod secure the legs on a picnic table that will be stained and placed on the grounds of Mission Road Elementary School. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Eric Redding, left, and Andy Elrod secure the legs on a picnic table that will be stained and placed on the grounds of Mission Road Elementary School. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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As part of its 125th anniversary, Belk is working to give back to the community. On Thursday, volunteers from the Cartersville store spent the day working at Mission Road Elementary School, building a picnic table, a bookshelf, creating art to brighten the walls and even making “magic carpet” reading mats for students to enjoy as they read new books donated to and collected by Belk this upcoming year.

“Our 125 Days of Service [campaign] started back in March and so we teamed up with all the Belk stores all around the country to do services at different schools and Points of Life was the organization that lined us up with schools,” store manager Larry Williams said. “This worked out good for us.”

According to www.pointsoflight.com, “As the world’s leading volunteer organization with more than 20 years of history and a bipartisan legacy, Points of Light connects people to their power to create positive change and address the critical needs of our communities.”

Williams said he was glad the store was able to spend time serving MRES.

“That’s our heritage with Belk, that’s part of the culture with the company is to give back,” Williams said. “[MRES] could probably use our help in doing some things in the fall, so once you get a good partner you can stay with, we’ll probably see what we can do for them.”

Principal Sherrie Hughes she appreciates the work the Belk volunteers had done and that the children who attend MRES will greatly benefit from the service.

“I’m really excited about it. It’s great to have the local businesses and all working with us and coming in and supporting the schools,” Hughes said. “[The students] are really going to be able to see the artwork immediately and it’s going to make them have an appreciation for the school, too. The children love to see beauty and we want to make things beautiful because it will make them want to continue that on as well.”

She continued, “It is always exciting to have someone come in and show an interest in our school and in our children. I always feel these children are my babies and [their education] is important, and I think it’s neat to see that we have people in the community who want to come out and do something for our children.”