J une 12-13 marked the first annual Tiger Pride Days event in Humansville. The event was organized to bring the community together to work on improvements in the Humansville schools.
Humansville United Methodist Church (HUMC) organized the event because they believe education is important for children, particularly in economically challenged communities like Humansville where 90 percent of students qualify for free and reduced lunch.
About 40 people turned out to help complete projects which included painting classrooms, offices and a locker room. They also helped to relocate the elementary school’s reading classroom to a new space.
Others labored outside landscaping and cleaning up the school grounds. Church members made up about half of those participating. Among them were Sam and Tony Anderson, who helped to capture before and after pictures of the school facilities.
“We at Humansville United Methodist were excited to come alongside our schools to provide hope and a better future for our children, their families and our community.” said Pastor Jeff Jaekley.
“We show our love for God in how we care for others.” Several members of the congregation were so blessed by the opportunity to serve that they plan to volunteer at the school during the upcoming year.
“The Humansville School District would like to thank all of the volunteers for their time, resources and hard work during Tiger Pride Days,” said Superintendent Tammy Erwin.“Not only was this event beneficial for the campus, but it was a wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know members of the community.”
Several volunteers commented on how excited they were to see an equal number of persons from the schools and community as from the congregation. The church and schools both hope that this will be an annual event with increasing involvement from the community.