Volunteers help spruce up scene of tragedy

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MARYSVILLE, Wash. — It has been a tough year for the kids at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. They are still recovering from a school shooting last October that claimed five lives.

On Saturday, there was a chance to brighten up a building those students still come to every day to learn.

Volunteers from Comcast spent the day sprucing up 12 different sites around the northwest this weekend, and hundreds of them hit the hallways and sidewalks of Marysville-Pilchuk, painting, power-washing, and sprucing up the campus.

“We`re just excited to be part of helping the high school,” said Len Rozek, with Comcast.

When the cable giant asked employees where they’d like to volunteer their time, the high school was an overwhelming choice.

The campus, around since 1971, can use the help. It’s also a chance to do something good at a school struck by tragedy six months ago when a student brought a gun to school.

“I know the kids are still struggling but we`re working together as a family, and we`re definitely healing,” said Deann Anguiano, a co-principal at the school.

The plan is to eventually replace the aging high school, but Anguiano says Saturday’s work will improve the campus for the next few years.

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