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Cardwell youth start community service project

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Members of the youth group from Forest Grove General Baptist Church in Cardwell paint the basketball goals in the local park. The youth are doing this as a community service to the community and have plans on doing other projects.
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CARDWELL, Mo. -- An enterprising youth group from a local church in Cardwell have taken it upon themselves to perform a community service for the city.

The youth, Logann Ellington, 16, Whitney Hall, 15, Alicia Caracker, 16, and Dylan Hanners, 16, all members of Forest Grove General Baptist Church braved the chilly morning on Saturday, April 21 in order to give a fresh coat of paint to items located in the local park. Included in the new paint job are the swing set, the slide, the BBQ grill as well as the basketball goals.

The colors chosen for the project were the colors of red and gray, in order to show their school spirit and their commitment to their school.

When asked why they chose to do this, the youth noted that they wanted to show the Cardwell community that even at their age, they can make a difference and show that all teenagers are not self-centered and do care about their community.

All of the youth involved agreed that it felt "really good" to do something that other youth will enjoy.

The hope for the future is that this will be the first of many community projects to come and hope that other churches will follow suit and participate as well.

"Faith is dead without action," they said, challenging the community to "Stand up and do something" for your community.

In closing, the youth added their thank you to the City of Cardwell for allowing them to "Make a change."

Overseeing the project were youth directors Wendy Richardson, Patricia Avalos, and Angie Ellington.

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