Community Supports Two Hickman Mills Schools to Undergo Bright Changes Inside and Out

Ingels Elementary and Warford Elementary in Hickman Mills both received freshly painted classroom walls and beautiful landscaping done in July to spruce up their schools before students return in August. At Ingels Yvette Richards from St. James UMC spearheaded the project and recruited more than 100 volunteers from several Hickman Mills’ community partners to paint and landscape as well as the Urban Rangers and KC Greater Chamber of Commerce to help prep the 30 classrooms. At Warford Covenant Chapel, Grace Point Baptist Church and Heartland worked together to paint eight classrooms. Both schools also provided a lunch for volunteers and St. James offered a light breakfast in addition at Ingels.

“I was overwhelmed by the number of participants and the outpouring of love and fellowship felt on this day!” exclaimed Dr. Sabrina Tillman-Winfrey, Ingels Principal. “There were lasting relationships forged all in the name of helping kids! My heart goes out to everyone who prepped before the event, for every meeting, every phone call and every act of kindness that went toward making this a Great day!”

Principal Urban Ray at Warford commented, “The Project Shine went extremely well. We had a total of 40 volunteers that were present. It was amazing to see how the community came to support our students at Warford. We are blessed to have our partners. We were grateful to have some staff in attendance as well. This gives Warford an opportunity for our students to have a fresh look and a fresh start for the 2017/18 school year.”