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Jul 27, 2014 6:28 PM by Nathan O'Neal

Hundreds of volunteers help Tucson area schools prepare classrooms for new year

MARANA - Hundreds of faith-based volunteers spread out amongst area schools this weekend to help make sure schools are prepared for the first day of classes.

Twenty churches and organizations mobilized in a campaign called "Serve Our Schools" to help schools with everything from assembling new desks, cleaning and helping teachers prepare classrooms for the new school year.

John Ritche was a volunteer with St. Andrew's Presbyterian, dedicating his Sunday to serve Estes Elementary School prepare.

"We talked about the fact that the church is not the building, the church is the people," Ritchie told News 4 Tucson. "As the people of God, we felt the need to get out in the community and get involved and try to make the community a better place to live."

Nancy Paddock, who serves as the principal at Estes Elementary, described all the extra help as "a gift."

"I am inspired and overly grateful that they are choosing to give their time like this," Paddock said. "I know that everybody has busy lifestyles and they are setting aside this time to serve and that inspires me."

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