LAWTON, Okla._The Lawton First Assembly Church has been helping to make the new school year a colorful one for the students at Woodland Hills Elementary School.
Hundreds of volunteers have spent hours renovating the school so it's back to school ready. For those kids going back to school Friday, it's more than just a fresh coat of paint. This is the tenth year that the Lawton First Assembly has adopted a school. They came out in full force Friday night and the momentum carried over into Saturday. The main goal is to put the students in an environment that will be beneficial to the learning process.
Woodland Hills Elementary Principal Lisa Carson says having the church help is one of the only ways for the renovations to get done.
"Because in education, we're in a crisis situation right now," Carson says. "There is never enough time, money or personnel to do all of the jobs that need to be done. If you have the extra money now, you are putting it into curriculum."
Senior Associate Pastor for Lawton First Assembly Gary Pratt says being the helping hand is something he is happy to be a part of.
"There is nothing in the world like helping someone else," Pratt says. "We just want to be God's hand extended. When they see their school, when the teachers see their school, it's a delight. We enjoy it."
Carson says at the end of the day, it's all about helping the kids.
"It's always exciting for Lawton to see churches partner with schools and spread the love," Carson says. "I know there are schools across town that are doing the same thing, and that is the goal of LFA. it's for Lawton to work together to help our children."
The kids at Woodland Hills Elementary can look forward to new paint in the classrooms, on the playgrounds, doors and even where Old Glory will fly.