Belk employees visited the school, painted mural squares with uplifting and encouraging phrases and pictures on them and assembled a donated picnic table for the school. Parrish Elementary also received new bookshelves and over 250 books collected by Belk’s Jasper store during a recent book drive.
Parrish Elementary Principal Chris Walton said he and his staff and students were excited when they got the call that they had been chosen as the beneficiary for the Jasper Belk location.
“We’re so appreciative of Belk and Hands On Birmingham for selecting our school and giving to our community and kids,” Walton said.
Walton said the picnic table fit into the school’s plan to hopefully transform the back part of the school into an outdoor area for the kids.
The school, which has approximately 244 students enrolled currently, serves students from Head Start age through sixth grade.
In addition to the books, bookshelves, mural and picnic table, the school will also receive $300 worth of consultations from Belk as a prize for a teacher or teachers at the school.
Brian Key, general manager of the Jasper Belk store, said they chose Parrish Elementary because he knew one of their teachers and knew that they needed help for the students that fill their hallways each day.
“And we just love Parrish,” Key said.
One of the Belk employees, Felicia Lake, also had a personal stake in the projects, since her daughter Jada is a fourth grader at the school. She pointed out to her daughter which pieces of the mural she painted as the squares were drying.
Ashley Lindsay, of Hands On Birmingham, came to Parrish on Wednesday to help coordinate and organize the projects. She said other schools in the state chosen by their local Belk stores were Northport Elementary, Creekview Elementary, South Hampton Elementary and Crestview Elementary.