Daily photo by Nancy Glasscock|
Lawrence County high school students Ashton Smith, left, and Jordan Oliver read to students at Moulton Elementary School on Monday in conjunction with Community Service Day. Smith and Oliver are among 32 students selected by the Chamber of Commerce this year to participate in the Youth Leadership Lawrence program.
Youth Leadership performs service
32 Lawrence County high school students improve community
By Nancy Glasscock
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MOULTON — Thirty-two Lawrence County high school students made wreaths, stuffed candy bags and read to children Tuesday during Community Service Day — a new component to the Youth Leadership Lawrence program.
Miranda Ball, who co-chairs the program with Mandi Phillips, gave an overview of Youth Leadership Lawrence at the monthly Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday.
Students in Leadership Lawrence were chosen last spring by the Chamber of Commerce to participate in the nine-month program for high school juniors and seniors. They helped residents at nursing homes make wreaths for their doors and packed candy bags to prepare them for Halloween trick-or-treaters. They also read to children at Moulton Elementary School.
Students in the program learn about team building, politics, government, industrial development and agriculture by spending one day each month with a community leader, Ball said.
In November, the group will visit farms in Lawrence County and the Servico gin in Courtland. In March, they will meet with legislators in Montgomery.
Luther Strange, 2006 candidate for lieutenant governor, was the guest speaker at the chamber meeting.
Strange, a Mountain Brook resident who grew up in Sylacauga and Homewood, said he learned the value of hard work by becoming an Eagle Scout when he was 13 years old and by playing college basketball for Tulane University. He encouraged students to take an active role in their communities by volunteering and becoming involved in local government.
"I hope you will do that," he said. "Whether you want to be a Republican or a Democrat, just get involved."
Strange said the automotive industry is bringing more high tech jobs to North Alabama.
"It's going to happen in this area," he said. "Those jobs are coming here. From Birmingham north and Huntsville south, there's going to be tremendous opportunities for you."
The public also had an opportunity to learn about volunteering with local nonprofit organizations Tuesday during the annual Volunteer Lawrence.
The Chamber, Board of Education and United Way sponsored the volunteer recruiting event.
Twenty-four nonprofit organizations — including the Salvation Army, Moulton Civitan Club, Hospice of the Valley, Shoals Family Resource Center and Friends of the Star Theatre — had booths set up to meet potential volunteers, said Vicki Morese, chamber president.
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