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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A record number of volunteers showed up Saturday to take part in this year's Project Shine, which aims to beautify the Independence Public School District.

The school's chosen to be updated this year include Nowlin Middle, Mill Creek Elementary, 3 Trails Elementary, Korte Elementary and Bridger Middle.

Ron Kroeger is just one of nearly 1,200 volunteers. He's helping to fix up Nowlin Middle, where one of his kid will go this coming year. His incentive to help out is to provide his young scholar with the best learning environment possible.

"Education is very important for them to realize their importance and their value and to grow up and be good citizens," he said.

It's the sixth year for Project Shine, and this year's turnout is bigger than ever.

"We actually have more volunteers than what we've had in the last 6 years, so that's great and we love bringing the community into the schools," said Superintendent Dale Herl.

Kathie Schoeck, a teacher at Nowlin, is getting in on the action by helping to repaint her own classroom.

"I think it's absolutely fabulous," she said. "It's so nice to get all the community support and the kids will come into school and get a new fresh start."

Project Shine is saving the school district several hundred thousand dollars in renovation costs.

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