800 volunteers spend their weekend sprucing up Wooten Elementary

Volunteers with Mormon Helping Hands build an outdoor classroom at Wooten Elementary School (Erin Cargile/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — It may be Saturday, but things were hopping at one of Austin ISD’s elementary schools.

Around 800 volunteers descended on Wooten Elementary School bright and early to start sprucing up the inside and outside of the campus near Burnet Road and U.S. 183.

The children and adults all sporting bright yellow vests were with Mormon Helping Hands.

Wooten Service Project Chair Scott McCullough said they tackled 18 different projects inside and outside Wooten all before lunchtime.

Volunteers redecorated the teachers lounge, sorted 6,000 books they collected for students through a book drive, added landscaping to the area around the portable classrooms, and built an impressive cedar pergola to serve as an outdoor classroom. Around 22 teachers from Wooten pitched on the projects as well.

The group connected to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints selects a lower income Austin school every fall to makeover. In previous years, they’ve held similar work days at Wooldridge Elementary and Dobie Middle School.



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