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Volunteers work to transform McLain High School on MLK Jr. Day

It's amazing what you can do with a few hundred paint brushes and several hundred gallons of paint. At McLain High School, one group was hoping to use those tools to make a difference for years to come.

City Year Tulsa, along with hundreds of volunteers, spent their Martin Luther King Jr. Day painting college logos in the cafeteria and inspirational quotes on the walls. Quotes from President Barack Obama to Billie Holiday.

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"I think it's important to do things for your community," said volunteer Tina Mott. "And not just take a day."

They hope the messages they leave behind will rub off on the students who have yet to pass through the halls.

Tiffani Bruton with Cox Communications said she can't think of a better way to spend her day.

"When we leave today, we'll be able to see the impact we made, and hopefully leave a legacy for these students as well," said Bruton.

"Part of our work is building a culture within a school, and trying to inspire students," said Tom McKeon with City Year Tulsa.

McKeon said the program has come a long way in the last three years.

He said he still gets a kick out of seeing it all come together.

"And it's grown. It started out very small event. And it's pretty exciting to see the turnout we have here today," said McKeon.

The group plans to expand the number of schools they cover next year.

To learn more about City Year Tulsa, click here.

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