The inner walls of the Meridian Boys and Girls Club have given many children a safe start to their lives. Now some Meridian High School students who received so much from that building decided to help spruce it up for a new generation of children.
"We have set up to help the Boys and Girls Club because they mean a lot to our school, a lot to our administration, and a lot to the students," said MHS junior Matthew Ivy. "We chose today to come. We had a choice between a field trip or community service. We chose community service because we wanted to come help out and do whatever they needed us to do, because were willing to help. And everyone out here is going to do what needs to be done to get things cleaned up."
The students are all members of the Community for Advanced Studies and are required to fulfill a certain amount of community service hours before they graduate.
"For these students it is an opportunity to get some community service hours and it is also an opportunity to give back and feel good about it," said Mike Clymer, Community for Advanced Studies teacher.
"This was their first choice," said MHS teacher Ed Abdella. "They said, 'We want to do community service.' I said, 'What would you want to do?' We talked about a lot of things and came up with working with the Boys and Girls Club and help clean up for their summer programs, getting them ready."
Boys and Girls Club executive director Ricky Hood was only too happy to receive the extra help.
"I think today is even more special because these are high school kids," said Hood. "Any time you get high school kids to give back, you're laying the foundation for your community because the volunteering is the backbone of any community. At the Boys and Girls Club, we can't afford to pay people to come in and do the things they are doing today."
The students spent the entire day painting walls, organizing books, and cleaning sports equipment.