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Volunteers from a local church put on their work gloves Saturday morning to spruce up two schools ahead of Wilson County Schools’ first day of class.
Wave Church organized the effort as part of its sister church’s Wave City Care, the community-based arm of the church that provides educational opportunities, food assistance and recovery support in the cities it serves. The effort was also part of its ongoing Love252 local ministry that goes beyond the walls of the church to meet the needs of the Wilson community.
“We like to be involved because we like to make an impact on our city, and our schools is a great place to serve,” said Bobby Harrell, campus pastor for Wave. “We feel that God has called us to serve our city, and this is a very easy, tangible way for us to do that.”
Volunteers went to Wells Elementary and Margaret Hearne Elementary schools and cleaned flower beds, pressure washed the walkways and tackled various landscaping projects. The soccer and kickball fields were refurbished at Hearne as well. On Wednesday, the church donated school supplies for Winstead Elementary School’s resource closet.
“The goal is on Monday for the kids get to see how much people in their city love them,” said Joshua Sepulvelda, Wave youth pastor.
Harrell said this is Wave’s fourth year doing the school makeovers, and the projects increase in scope each year.
“Every year we’ve done one school, and this year we were able to do two,” Harrell said.
Wells Principal Sharon Honeycutt said she is grateful for the volunteers’ work to make her school be an inviting place for students, teachers and staff.
“We feel so blessed to have the church volunteer at our school,” Honeycutt said. “It just gives a feeling of the community giving back to us as we give to our children. I think the kids will see a pristine school, and they’ll be excited to be back.”
Wave will be doing more projects throughout the school year and welcomes community participation.
“We feel that the city should feel the impact of our church,” Harrell said. “We’re not just a gathering point for Sundays. We do that, but that’s not all of who we are.”
For more information or to become a volunteer, visit the Wave Church website www.wavechurchnc.com.