East Coffee Elementary School hosted a work day to update the primary playground and the entrances of the school on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The school worked in conjunction with their PTO to organize the event.

“A community united for the benefit of our children is a community that understands our children are the future. When people join together to spread kindness, there is a contagious ripple effect that intensifies the impact of the initial kindness given,” said school principal Erin Phillips, Ed.S.

East Coffee anticipated a decent turnout of volunteers; however, organizers’ expectations were surpassed. Students, former students, parents, community members, and teachers all came to donate their time and energy to support the school. There were approximately 45 volunteers present during the event.

The community displayed immense support for the beautification of the school and the safety updates to the primary playground. Several local businesses made significant contributions to the school that enhanced the outcome of the project. The following represents the donations and contributions from the community:

Watson’s Metal donated soil and loaned equipment. Mid Tenn Turf donated sod and loaned equipment. Dotson’s Fruit Stand donated mums. Home Depot donated planters. Co-Op donated mulch. Bryan Livestock donated $200. Summitville Volunteer Fire Department volunteered support in the playground updates. Taylor Nursery donated mums. Walker Gardens donated hydrangeas. Murfreesboro Walmart donated $75. Harvest Local Foods donated pumpkins. Boskey’s Grille donated bottled water. Forest Mill Church of Christ donated bottled water and soft drinks Tucker Farms loaned equipment and volunteered support. Willie Crowley loaned equipment and volunteered support.

It was the community that made the event possible.  

“Without the generosity of the community, this event would not have been as successful. Through hard work and collaboration, East Coffee Elementary School has received a gift of kindness that impacts all stakeholders in enjoying the campus. East Coffee would like to thank all those involved for making a difference in the lives of our students and positively impacting our school,” Phillips said.