Parents, like those at Bedford Primary School, already face a wave of emotions when kids head back for their first day of school.
Right now, they have a LOT of work ahead of them.
Raking, pruning, weeding. It's just a small sampling of the work parents and community volunteers are tackling in a week long cleanup of the grounds at Bedford Primary.
However, this is more than just a simple school clean-up. Parents know there is much more at stake.
School Board members will be touring Bedford Primary, as well as Thaxton Elementary, later this month. With the talk of a possible closure of one school looming, parents like David Hinsen are thankful so many have given so freely of their time. Hinsen says "We've just got a group of folks here from the community, that's just really giving of their time, and some of their talents, to be able to help out, to beautify the school a little more."
Hinsen, a parent and pastor at Bedford Church of God, says the decision to volunteer was easy. As a recent transplant to the Bedford community, he says his family was "...trying to get connected to the community, so we approached (Bedford Principal, Lisa) Dellis, and asked if there was anything we could do."
The outpouring of community support has greatly helped the scope of work parents like Susan Falls Kirby are able to tackle. She notes that "We've been fortunate to have plants donated to us, we're going to get those in the ground tomorrow night."
Ryan Edwards from Bedford County Schools tells ABC 13 the tours of Bedford Primary and Thaxton Elementary are scheduled for August 28th. Right now, says Edwards, the talk of a school closure is just a possibility, and not definite. Board members will discuss their options after the tours have been completed.
The parents at BPS say they support whatever decision the School Board makes, but that doesn't make it any easier to handle. Susan Falls Kirby notes that "When my son was in his first grade classroom, that was my second grade classroom. Whatever decision they make, of course, we're going to have to stand behind. But we hope we make the ones can benefit us."