Hundreds of volunteers spruce up Henderson Middle School, surrounding Cody Rouge Neighborhood

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Students at Henderson Middle School on Detroit's west side are in for a big surprise when they return in a few weeks. Hundreds of volunteers rolled up their sleeves for a three-day cleanup event at the school and the surrounding blocks in the Cody Rouge neighborhood.

The effort is part of Quicken Loans' partnership with Life Remodeled for its Cody Rouge Neighborhood Project. 

Volunteers - many of them Quicken Loans employees - and their families were busy cleaning lockers and windows inside the school building. Outside, teams worked on landscaping and planting grass seed, while others painted a mural on the school's brick facade.

"I just hope [students] get off the school buses or get out their parents car and be amazed," Vince Carr said.

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin stopped by Thursday morning to thank volunteers.

"This is moving and I hope the whole world sees what's happening at DPS and the city if Detroit," Martin said.

The cleanup event wraps up Friday. Crews will be working from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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