VIRGINIA BEACH -- While some children may avoid their schools at all costs during summer break, close to 200 students along with 40 staff members at Princess Anne High School were on campus Saturday.
"To take care of the landscaping, to touch up paints, to stain some things, it means the world to us, and it just shows how much our student s and our staff has pride in our school," said Princess Anne High School Principal Daniel Smith.
Wave City Care, a division of Wave Church, organized the effort. Each year, the group spruces up schools as a way to help the community. Lindenwood Elementary School also was on the list this year.
"We do lots of programs in the school systems: mentoring, self-esteem programs," said Wave City Care leader Sue Fitzgerald. "The makeover is just one more element of reaching out to the community and helping people."
With a building that is 60 years old and an enrollment of 1800, the assistance was appreciated by the Princess Anne community which did a lot of recruiting through social media.
"Definitely through our honor societies, we were able, like, every honor society, every club, we just made it public." explained senior Emily Baragar. "Just sign up on the link, and come help us out."
Senior Ruchelle Buenaventura was part of the spruce-up effort.
"I am a cheerleader, and this small gym is where we practice at, so it's just really nice to paint something that I can see every day," Buenaventura told 13News Now.
"My first year participating was last year, and I had such a good time, I decided to come back again this year, and it's a good thing to do for the community too," said Henry Fitzgerald.