|Published:||May 16, 2013 12:49 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 16, 2013 1:22 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- A department store is celebrating 125 years in business with 125 days of service, and one local elementary school reaping the benefits. Treeline Elementary is getting a facelift, courtesy of the Fort Myers Belk store.
The school is getting more than just some new paint and a picnic table. Belk employees are rolling up their sleeves to instill a new sense of pride in students and faculty at this Fort Myers school.
Ten employees from the store went out to Treeline to paint murals that will hang around the school, build bookselves and build a picnic table.
Fort Myers Belk's store manager Jeff Henderson said the store donated books to the school as well.
School administrators said 85 percent of students at the school receive free or reduced lunch, so they will take all the help they can get.
"You see where our school is located, so you automatically think we're not a needy school. We are a Title 1 school," said Jeanette Santiago, Parent Involvement Specialist at Treeline.
Belk is one of Treeline's business partners. Together, they're showing students that learning and growth go beyond the classroom.
"The success of students in a school is a partnership between parents, teachers, and the community," said Assistant Principal Lisa Murphy.
Belk partnered with volunteer organization Points of Light for the project. The group also plans to build two bookshelves for the school.