The buildings and grounds of Annistown Elementary in Snellville were swarming with helping hands on Saturday.
The school's PTA and Hands on Atlanta organized the cleanup day, and school staff, parents, students and volunteers spent the day working at six different project zones around the school grounds.
The day of service, landing on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, was also a reminder of goodwill in hard times .
Unique Glover, a New York native, signed up on the website to help out at Annistown as a way to do something good on a significant date.
"We lost friends in the September 11 attack," Glover said. "We signed up on the website, and I brought the kids along to give back in remembrance of 9/11."
Annistown Elementary has made it a goal to be an environmentally friendly, green school, and the community has pitched in to make that goal a reality. Last year the school was named a Reaching Higher School, the highest category awarded by Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful.
Lisa Harvin, Annistown Elementary PTA's Environmental Committee Chairperson, says keeping their school green and beautiful is a priority. The PTA purchased recycling bins for every classroom, and they organize cleanup days twice a year.
This particular cleanup day was the second annual collaboration with Hands on Atlanta, and several volunteers who aren't otherwise involved with the school signed up at handsonatlanta.org.