Parent volunteers at Irving Park Elementary helped make the neighborhood school a place of enrichment by creating a school garden.

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Greensboro, N.C. -- April 6-12, 2014 is National Volunteer Week. So, how will you help your community?

You can always spend time volunteering within the school system, in fact many Guilford County parents do!

Parent volunteers at Irving Park Elementary helped make the neighborhood school a place of enrichment by creating a garden.

Kevin Redding the Executive Director at the Piedmont Land Conservancy is also a parent of two children who attend Irving Park.

"We helped the parents, students and school staff research and develop the garden," he said. From grant writing to providing raised beds, to supporting teachers in using the gardens as out door learning centers it's all thanks to parent volunteers.

"Teachers use the garden as a learning tool and the kids love to get in there and get dirty," said Redding.

During the week of April 6-12, 2014, schools within the GCS district will take time to say thank you to their community volunteers. Many schools will host volunteer breakfasts, or have performances to show gratitude towards Guilford County's dedicated volunteers.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities in Guilford County Schools, visit them on their website: www.gcsnc.com.

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