GREENSBORO - WFMY News 2 is teaming up with the Volunteer Center and Banana Republic to make a difference at Rankin Elementary School. The effort is part of national Make a Difference Day, an example of the longstanding and ongoing community commitment made by WFMY News 2's parent company Gannett.
Make a Difference Day is the country's largest annual day of volunteering that happens on the fourth Saturday of October. For more than 21 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine has mobilize millions of people across the United states to participate in Make a Difference Day.
On Friday, WFMY News 2 is helping update Rankin Elementary's atrium and media center, where volunteers will be dusting shelves, painting and removing old labels.
Principal Kathy Kirkpatrick told WFMY News 2 that the soon-to-be-"beautified" media center will be able to be used for more school activities. She also said the new updates will make the media center a more inviting and fun place for students to enjoy.
"I would like to say thank you...the biggest thank you I have to everyone's who's coming out to make a difference at our school, which impacts the lives of our children. If you are out volunteering, you are definitely making a difference for the people that you are working with but also for yourself," Kirkpatrick said.
WFMY News 2 will be continuing its Make a Difference Day project at the Lexington Barbecue Festival on Saturday, Oct. 26. Festival-goers are invited to bring new or gently-used books to the event. All books collected will be donated to schools in Davidson County.
Other Triad groups are participating in the Make a Difference Day effort. Elon University student athletes from all sports programs will be participating in Alamance County schools. They will be serving as mentors, tutors and literacy advocates.
Additional Make a Difference Day projects in Greensboro include one in which AT&T volunteers and other contributors will be working to remove invasive plant species from Fisher Park.
The Volunteer Center of Greensboro's executive director Cathey Swaim encouraged anyone interested in making a difference in the community to contact the Volunteer Center. She said the need for volunteers is constant.
WFMY News 2 will be live streaming, on digtriad.com, the progress of the project throughout the day Friday. Follow the hashtag #MDDay13 on Twitter.
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