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Photo Gallery | Out of the classroom, into the community for Holy Innocents' Great Day of Service

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Upper-Schoolers and faculty from Holy Innocents' Episcopal School (HIES) left their classrooms and went into Metro Atlanta communities Mar. 23 for the school's spring Great Day of Service. The sites varied but the goal was the same: to lend a helping hand.

Students and faculty worked on a Habitat for Humanity house, prepared meals and washed vehicles at the Red Shield Shelter, shoveled mulch at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, and helped plant vegetables at the Veterans Farmer’s Market. 

Students and faculty also cleaned classrooms at the Atlanta Children's Shelter and took some time out for a bit of playtime with the kids. "I'd call the motto of the Great Day of Service 'communities helping communities,'" said senior Kenny Buckner, who was a Shelter helper. "The fact that this day doesn't count toward our student service hours proves that it's genuinely about being selfless and lending a hand to others. And, hopefully, it makes as big of an impact on the lives of those helping as it does on the people they are helping."

DeCarlos Wardlaw, Atlanta Children's Shelter Development Director, praised HIES helpers' work, saying,"We are forever grateful for Holy Innocents' partnership!"

And Alice Jenkins, executive director of Clifton Sanctuary Ministries, noted that "these young adults roll up their sleeves, worked as a team and completed all the tasks that were given them." Students and faculty organized a shed and basement, sorted clothing into bins, raked leaves, planted a garden, cleaned out clothes closet, sized shoes, and prepared the evening meal.

Great Day of Service also included work at sites such as Furkids, Books for Africa, the Peachtree Corps, Southview Cemetery, and Chattahoochee Nature Center.

"It really means a lot to have them come out," said Libby Lintel, volunteer coordinator for the Nature Center. "They helped so much on the trails. It makes a difference with how our grounds look, and our services."

For more information about Holy Innocents' Episcopal School near Sandy Springs, visit www.hies.org.