More than 300 employees volunteered to landscape, paint and enhance three Hillsboro schools on Thursday, July 12.

A few hundred Intel employees traded in their computers for shovels and rakes on Thursday, July 12, braving the heat for the fifth annual Intel 'Community Give Back Day.'

The event — formed from a partnership between Intel's Device Development Group and the Hillsboro School District — provides Intel employees an opportunity to give back to the local community while completing projects that benefit the local school district.STAFF PHOTO: OLIVIA SINGER - The volunteers helped landscape the campus of J.W. Poynter Middle School in Hillsboro, despite the high temperatures.

More than 300 volunteers worked on a variety of projects at several different schools on Thursday in order to get the campus' ready for the upcoming school year. This year, volunteers traveled to Free Orchards Elementary School in Cornelius, Lenox Elementary School in Rock Creek and J.W. Poynter Middle School in Hillsboro to landscape, wash windows, power wash walkways and even paint buildings.

"Anything and everything, you name it, they're all hands on deck today," said Intel spokeswoman Bridget Bash. "We're really excited to be out here."STAFF PHOTO: OLIVIA SINGER - Intel's Device Development Group participated in 'Community Give Back Day' landscaping, among other projects, at J.W. Poynter Middle School on Thursday, July 12.

Bash said the event is a great example of the community coming together to help, a point proven Thursday after a neighbor near one of the schools overheard the employees discussing a shortage of wheelbarrows, and offered up theirs to use.

"The school districts here in Oregon are really integral to our volunteering partnerships," Bash said. "This school happens to sort of be in the backyard of Intel's main campuses here in Oregon, so we are really excited to just be out here and lend a hand where it's needed."

Intel employees have volunteered more than 585 hours of labor with the Hillsboro School District over the years, Bash said.STAFF PHOTO: OLIVIA SINGER - More than 300 employees spent time volunteering on Thursday between three Hillsboro schools.

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