Point University students clean a West Point community during Point Impact Day

Published 1:04 pm Friday, March 29, 2019

WEST POINT – The normal morning quietness of the Roper Heights neighborhood was broken by the roar of a multitude of lawnmowers, line string trimmers and leaf blowers Friday morning as an army of Point University students started Impact Day 2019.

The students cleaned up yards in the community surrounding Roper Heights Baptist Church. They were there from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday picking up litter, mowing lawns, trimming hedges, pruning small limes, blowing leaves and other debris from people’s yards.

“It’s fitting they call it Impact Day,” said West Point Mayor Steve Tramell. “They will be making a lot of little impacts in this neighborhood today.”

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A total of 250 Point students participated in Friday’s spring clean up, Associate Dean of Students Illya Lawrence said.

They were assisted by a total of 10 Hyundai-Demos employees along with members of the Point faculty and staff, the student life staff and coaches. The school’s cheerleader coach. Kara Johnson,  the director of communications, and Carson Gregors, communication specialist, recorded video for social media.

This year Impact Day coincides with the Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project’s Block of Blessings.

“These students are cutting grass, weed eating and loving on these people today,” said CFCP Executive Director Kim Roberts.

The students were organized into 26 teams with nine to ten students on each team. Each team was given gloves, trash bags, line string trimmers, leaf blowers and other essential items for yard work.

“We want to thank Jerome Bailey for grilling hot dogs for us and EAMC-Lanier Hospital for donating the food,” Roberts said. “We thank Coca-Cola for donating the drinks.”

“We used to do this in East Point,” Johnson said. “It’s a traditional community day.”