Michie Students Clean Up Park
By Jeff Whitten
On Friday, youth and adult volunteers gathered at the Michie City Park to improve the facility.
This project is called “Building Together with Helping Hands,” according to Debra Steen, fourth- and fifth-grade science teacher at Michie Elementary School. Her classes helped in the work.
Students and adult volunteers painted swings and see-saws while other adults worked to add additional equipment to the park.
When the park is fully refurbished it will have balance beams, a climbing rope, a climbing wall, a slide, chin-up bars and a merry-go-round, among other equipment.
Steen explained, “My goal is that these students will learn how to do some everyday useful things and that someday they will be the adults that are out here helping.”
According to Steen, “The parents are coming up to me and saying, ‘Oh, I’m so glad you are doing this.’ They love it … Everybody’s just happy about us coming down here and doing this. The response has been tremendous and everybody’s been supportive.”
People who were not able to attend have donated food and money for the kids’ t-Shirts, Steen said.
Alderman Mike Glisson said, “The outpouring from help from parents and volunteers has been great. It gives a sense of community in trying to get everybody involved. Hopefully that will show up in years to come.”
The work on the park is being financed by a $1,000 State Farm grant obtained by Steen. This grant requires youth and adults to work together on a project. Modern Woodman will match the grant.