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Springwood students participate in 13th annual event

LANETT — Some members of Springwood High School’s 2018 graduating class took part in their 13th Wildcat Workday on Friday. This day of service to the community has been going on for 13 years now. Starting out as kindergarteners, those seniors have been in every one of them.

“It’s great for Springwood students to be out in the community doing good deeds,” said Rev. Matthew Thrower, pastor of Refuge Point Church, at the 8:30 a.m. kickoff program in the school gym. “This is a great day to be a Wildcat.”

Special recognition was given to Ann Hixon, who coordinated the previous 12 Wildcat Workdays. She’s turning over that duty to Tim and Candy Rice.

The first group to head out to a work site was the Lady Wildcat softball team. They wanted to take care of a 30-minute work detail at the school’s International Building before heading to a state tournament game in Montgomery.

Students in grades K4 though 6 had projects on the school campus, at the West Point Food Closet, the West Point First Methodist Church, Lakewood Senior Living, Happy Valley Baptist Church and Spring Road Christian Church.

Those in grades 7 through 12 went to work sites at EAMC-Lanier Hospital, the Chambers County Circle of Care Center for Families, the Feeding the Valley Food Bank in LaGrange, the Christian Service Center, Valley Haven School, the Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project ReUse Store in Lanett and the Habitat for Humanity ReUse Store in LaGrange, the Chambers County Department of Human Resources in LaFayette, His Place, the Lee County Humane Society. Camp Maranook, Storybook Farm, and Eastside Elementary School in LaFayette.

A group of eighth grade students planted some flowers and spread pine straw at the butterfly garden outside the West Point Project Management Office. Another group of eighth graders did some landscaping work outside Fairfax Methodist Church. Some seventh graders washed Lanett Police Department patrol cars while another group of seventh graders visited with residents at Manor House Assisted Living in Opelika. A third group of seventh graders went to the Auburn United Methodist Church, where they helped with preparations for Vacation Bible School.

With Friday being a warm day, many of the students may have been a bit tired by the end of their morning work routine but felt good about being of service to others. Each year, the Wildcat Workday program attempts to instill in today’s Springwood student the immense value of each person doing their part on a volunteer basis to help make our community a better place to live.