Hands On Nashville Day benefits Metro public schools

Metro Council Representative Sandra Moore, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Fall-Hamilton Principal Carl Anthony Febles, Hands On Nashville President/CEO Brian Williams, Shelly Mayes and Dax Jeter of Grainger, and Metro School Board Representative Elissa Kim paint playground equipment at Fall-Hamilton Enhanced Option School for Hands On Nashville Day 2013.

Metro Council Representative Sandra Moore, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Fall-Hamilton Principal Carl Anthony Febles, Hands On Nashville President/CEO Brian Williams, Shelly Mayes and Dax Jeter of Grainger, and Metro School Board Representative Elissa Kim paint playground equipment at Fall-Hamilton Enhanced Option School for Hands On Nashville Day 2013.

Over 2,300 volunteers participated in Hands On Nashville Day, the community’s largest day of service benefiting Metro Nashville Public Schools.

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the organization’s signature volunteer event, which resulted in more than 9,200 donated hours of service through landscaping, painting and cleaning projects at 63 schools throughout Davidson County.

Each year, the volunteer resource center hosts Hands On Nashville Day, bringing together residents of Middle Tennessee to donate their time to help make Metro Schools brighter, safer places for Davidson County children to learn and play.

“Every year, Hands On Nashville Day wonderfully illustrates the unique dedication the people of Nashville and Middle Tennessee have to improving their community through service,” said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. “This year’s record volunteer turnout and support for public schools serves as an inspiring reminder of what is possible when a community comes together to enact positive change.”

For the sixth consecutive year, The Grainger Foundation is the lead supporter of Hands On Nashville Day. The Grainger Foundation’s support makes it possible for volunteers to complete done-in-a-day improvement projects at schools, and a group of 30 Grainger team members furthered the cause by tackling a host of improvement projects at Fall-Hamilton Enhanced Option Elementary School.

“We are proud to once again participate in this outstanding community event,” said Dax Jeter, Grainger branch manager in Nashville. “It’s a great opportunity for our team to work together and support Metro Nashville Public Schools.”

According to Independent Sector research, the time volunteers donated made an estimated $203, 688 economic impact, saving Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools significant resources. Hands On Nashville has partnered with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools on this event for more than a decade.

“Hands On Nashville Day volunteers once again proved their commitment to improving the community and making a difference for local students,” said Brian N. Williams, president/CEO of Hands On Nashville.

“We continue to be inspired by our neighbors’ willingness to lend time, talents and treasure to serve with Hands On Nashville during this annual event and throughout the year.”

“We are thankful for all the Hands On Nashville Day volunteers who rolled up their sleeves to paint, polish and landscape our schools today,” said director of Metro Schools Dr. Jesse Register.

“When our students and staff arrive at school on Monday morning, they will see the community support for our schools reflected in improvements to our buildings and grounds. Hand On Nashville Day volunteers are a force-multiplier for our schools. They make a difference.”