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RICHMOND, Va. -- Volunteers spent the day Sunday fixing up Woodville Elementary School in Richmond. The nonprofit Building a Better RPS organized the event and teamed up with HandsOn Greater Richmond and the Richmond Police Department.

Students from area schools and church members are volunteered.

Woodville Elementary School

Woodville Elementary School

"Just a broad range of people wanted to help for the holidays,” said Scott Garnett, one of the founders of Building a Better RPS. "We replaced ceiling tiles, lightbulbs, did painting of doors, cleaned the outside, cleaned the playground. It was an awesome day."

Garnett says in a year and a half, the nonprofit has done about than $200,000 worth of work.

"It's all first impressions. As these kids left school Friday, the school was covered in leaves, a little overgrown, feeling a little tired.  And we were able to come in and completely transform it, so they come back Monday morning to what feels like a new school,” said Garnett. "I think psychologically for the teachers, admin, students they feel better about the place they are learning."

A sparkling hallway in Woodville Elementary School.

A sparkling hallway in Woodville Elementary School.

If you'd like to donate to Building a Better RPS, click here. If you'd like to volunteer at the next project, follow the nonprofit's Facebook page.