Volunteers are doing prep work today for this year's Love Our Schools event.
The volunteers started at 8 a.m. and will continue working until 4 p.m.
KATC's Katie Easter is at Lafayette Middle School where volunteers are out pressure washing their basketball court and trimming the grass in preparation for the event next Saturday.
Love Our Schools will be around Lafayette at eight schools on Saturday, July 13, to revitalize the schools before students return in the fall.
Bridgette Boudreaux is a teacher in Iberia parish, she says as a teacher its fun to give back to other schools.
"It's really neat to come to another school as a teacher, and see all these people come together to help a school they have no interest in. It's different when you're at your own school working hard because you benefit from it." Boudreaux said.
She and her husband will be spending their weekend painting the school.
"But I just thought it was a good way to invest in somebody else school, and help them, so when they get back they don't have to think about anything they can just come back to a fresh clean school and help their students." Boudreaux said.
In addition to the improvements, volunteers will also distribute nearly 5,000 backpacks to students filled with school supplies.
This is the third year of Love Our Schools. Ashley Adams, one of the managers for the event, said that the event has grown a lot over the past three years. She said it started with only 200 volunteers; in 2019, there are 2,500 volunteers.
"Initially we just ordered a bunch of things and prayed that we had everything, and it worked out, but each year, it grown so we have gotten a little more organized." Adams said.
For more information on Love Our Schools and to volunteer, click here.