The new playground built in the fall for Worsham students did something for all. It sparked families to take an active role in creating change in their community.
Nine families and campus staff members recently spent a couple of hours on a Saturday cleaning up the area. By the end, there were two trailers fully loaded with debris. They picked up couches, mattresses, tires, and other debris found on streets. Volunteers also went door-to-door. They took homeowners’ trash to the dumpster.
“Our community is cleaner thanks to these incredible individuals,” said Meister. “Their efforts are making the area safer and brighter for families and their children.“
Meister saw the interest from volunteers after they helped build the Kaboom!® playground in December. Since then, a group of more than 20 parents have been meeting regularly.
The volunteers want to build pride in their neighborhood. They have spoken to county officials to improve safety. The community activists also met with water companies to discuss heavy trash pick-up.
The group is far from done in their efforts to revitalize the neighborhood. The volunteers are currently attending a four-week leadership class sponsored by Neighborhood Centers. They also have more clean up and beautification projects planned.
Individuals interested in helping with the neighborhood effort can contact the school.
“The work the volunteers are doing is highly visible,” added Meister. “It is a sign that the community cares. These efforts boost neighborhood pride.“
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