Volunteers Spruce Up Buncombe School

Updated: Friday, August 8 2014, 08:03 AM EDT
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When you're a kid, you learn to squeeze every moment out of summer. Even if it takes the breath out of you.

"Goal!" says Brian Gutierrez, an Avery's Creek student playing kicking around a soccer ball.
       
With his eyes on the goal ahead, it takes a lot to make Brian stop and look.
   
"I think they're planting trees," he says. On the other side of the fence, there's a roster of players working to spruce up his school. "I like it because then it will make it look good."   

Twenty Duke Energy employees volunteered at Avery's Creek Elementary by planting maple trees, mulching, and planting an Azalea garden. They even put up a Rams logo on the fence.

The effort was spearheaded by Jason walls, a Duke communications specialist who's more proud of his other title-- dad.

"My children go to school here and I was very eager to give back," he tells us.

Principal Denise Montgomery says the improvements to the outside of the campus mean a lot inside.

"This is going to make a big difference on the inside of our school, it's going to increase morale," Montgomery says.

Walls says Duke Energy encourages its workers to take on projects they're personally connected to.

"A lot of times they wanna give back with sweat equity," he explains. "So the company makes our employees and small grants available to those organizations to be impactful."

By: John Le
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