The East Akron community has a proud tradition of organizing a Labor Day parade and this year was no different. The various churches, youth organizations, and community leaders, including Mayoral candidates Eddie Sipplen and Daniel Horrigan gathered in the parking lot at Arlington Church Of God to prepare for their parade march. Several organizations threw candy to the youngest of the onlookers, and much literature was passed out as well.
Between the trash discarded at the initial gathering point, and the trash generated along the parade route, four high school boys and Mr. Don collected a dozen bags of trash. The gathering place and parade route was cleaner after the parade than before the parade as the boys executed their assigned duties flawlessly and selflessly. The two dozen donuts consumed prior to the clean up service project propelled the boys to maximum speed!
Service projects such as this teach the SAYM youth that life lessons handled properly generate growth of self. Life lessons include learning to love our community and to give back to our community, whether one hears a “thank you” or not. God sees our actions and knows our hearts. He was pleased with these boys actions and hearts on Labor Day.