Volunteers from the community and a local division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints worked to beautify Beethoven Elementary School in Mar Vista during a cleanup April 28.
The volunteers, including members of Santa Monica Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, helped clean up the school, plant flowers and reorganize classrooms. Workers additionally installed new signs and re-painted a large map of the United States on the playground and several large murals around the school grounds.
The service project was one of hundreds taking place April 28 across the state, in which more than 75,000 volunteers were expected to participate through Mormon Helping Hands, a church program dedicated to providing local community service and disaster relief, according to Santa Monica Stake.
“We are overwhelmed by how generous the Mormon Helping Hands members are,” said Kathy Vigil, president of the Beethoven Elementary Parent Teacher Association. “Our parents and the Mormon Helping Hands members are working together to make Beethoven look amazing. I do not think there is any way to truly show our gratitude.”