A group of students work together to complete gardening chores at Laurel Park at Henry Medical Center, a Stockbridge assisted living home.
Students busily scrubbed scuff marks from the hallway walls, others did yard work, and some played BINGO in the dining hall with their newfound elder friends.
Eighth-grader Julia Partain volunteered to do some work in the garden at the Stockbridge assisted living home, Laurel Park at Henry Medical Center.
"I think it's good to get out in the community," said Partain, 13. "We have a lot of people here that have supported us [as a society], so it's good to help support them. It's just time to give back to them and make them happy."
Partain and 53 other eighth-graders from Strong Rock Christian School volunteered Friday at Laurel Park as part of the school's annual 'Great Day of Service' Project. The group split the day between helping at the assisted living home and the Pregnancy Resource Center of Henry County in McDonough.
"We appreciate this so much," said Kim Cornell, activities director for Laurel Park at Henry Medical Center. "Every year they've been wonderful."
Beth Moss, an eighth-grade language arts and Bible teacher at Strong Rock, helped guide the group of eighth-graders at Laurel Park. She said hundreds of others from the school were elsewhere committing their time to community service at various area non-profits and assisted living homes.
The Strong Rock eighth-grade team leader said roughly 350 students, from the sixth-grade through twelfth-grade, volunteered Friday at sites in Lamar, Butts, Henry, and Spalding counties. The Locust Grove-based private Christian school organized the service day to encompass 11 different projects for non-profits and assisted living homes in seven cities within the Southern Crescent region.
Sixth-graders lent their hands at Dream Catchers Farm Assisted Living and Autumn Village Assisted Living, both in Jackson, while high school juniors and seniors volunteered for the Raceway Ministries, at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Hampton First Baptist Church, both in Hampton.
The day's itinerary also noted seventh-graders volunteering at Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center, in Locust Grove, and ninth-graders concentrating their community services efforts at Melba's Manor and The Potter's House, in Milner, Ga.
Strong Rock's tenth-graders volunteered in Griffin, Ga., at Brightmoor Assisted Living. The school's varsity and junior varsity football teams also volunteered in Griffin, at the Christian Women's Center Warehouse.
"This is our fourth year doing a Great Day of Service," said Moss. "I think it just teaches kids to give back to the community and have that servant's spirit."