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Originally posted May 16, 2012
The Church at BattleCreek to make over Briarglen Elementary
With the help of volunteers from the Church at BattleCreek, Briarglen Elementary School, 3303 S. 121st E. Ave., will receive a makeover this weekend as crews descend on the school for an extensive remodeling Thursday, May 17, through Saturday, May 19 through its Clean Slate Project.
An army of volunteers will begin work on renovations to areas of the school beginning Thursday morning, culminating in a big “reveal” to teachers and families of the school Saturday evening, shortly after 5 p.m. Teachers, students and families will then be invited to tour the school and see the improvements.
“For the Church at BattleCreek & Midtown, Clean Slate is an annual project that mobilizes thousands of volunteers with a goal to make a tremendous impact on our local community,” associate pastor Chris Campbell said. “This year we are focusing our efforts on transforming Union’s Briarglen Elementary and New Beginnings Community Church in downtown Tulsa.
This is not some ‘out of state’ or ‘big time’ production, rather local businesses, government entities, and churches saying we can be about something bigger than ourselves. Empowered with paint brushes and lots of ingenuity, these volunteers will give everything that they have, and the community is invited to participate.”
“We are so excited that the Church at BattleCreek has selected Briarglen for this makeover,” Principal Tamra Bird said. “These improvements will mean so much to our teachers and students.”
In cooperation with the district’s Support Services department, church leaders have been working with area businesses to coordinate donations of materials and labor. Using the gym as a staging area, the volunteers will make improvements to the teachers’ lounge, media center, nurse’s office and a community room. Improvements will include new carpet or wood-laminated floors, new paint, new shelving and cabinets, and new appliances, including a new refrigerator, dishwasher and microwaves for the teachers’ lounge.
Last year, more than 1,000 volunteers and 60 local businesses came together to transform four homes and two Tulsa Public schools. For the past four years, Clean Slate has helped transform more than 21 homes all across the Tulsa metro area, Campbell said. To find out more information about the project visit www.thechurch.at/cleanslate or call the church’s offices at 918-355-3699. Sponsors for the Clean Slate project include Rausch Coleman Homes, Big Splash, Owasso Fence, Metro Appliances & More, and dozens of other corporate and private sponsors, Campbell said.