Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
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Parents in Pearl River are taking an extra step in their students' educations by sprucing up the area high school with their own hands this weekend.

The staff-community work day is a trend in the St. Tammany Parish School system that almost every school benefits from, at least once a year.

Bayou Woods Elementary was a school that got a makeover over the summer and everyone's excited about it.

Principal Kathy McDowell said, 'It's been so energizing to all of us, it's just so invigorating ... the new colors, it's added spirit.'

Student Mason Hester said, 'I really enjoyed it, it was like the best thing, I helped a lot.'

It's what parents at Pearl River High School are hoping to accomplish Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Russell Lindsey said, 'We are trying to get out whole community, out whole town of Pearl River to pitch in, give us a helping hand to just clean up the school, help us paint, just get involved in our school.'

A new deck built by ROTC students and the new paint job in the cafeteria were inspiration for parents to chip in by planning work-day projects to replace ceiling tiles and pressure wash buildings and bleachers. The district applauds the hand-in-hand efforts.

St. Tammany School Superintendent Trey Folse said, 'I think when those parents come into the schools and buy-in and have ownership into the schools, it sends an even stronger message to their own children as well, that we believe in your school and we expect you to take care of your school as well.'

If you're interested in helping out in Pearl River this weekend, visit Lunch will be provided and several businesses are donating time, manpower and equipment for the day.

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