The East Akron Parade and Festival was held on Labor Day September 1. The parade staged in the parking lot of Arlington Church of God and the parade route was along Arlington Street for about one mile from ten to eleven in the morning. Four high school boys helped pick up trash in the staging area from nine to ten and we followed the parade route and then worked our way back to the staging area at the conclusion of the parade. Several spectators commented that Arlington Street “looked cleaner than it has for a long time.” The boys were treated to lunch at McDonald’s. Five different boys were then picked up for the second shift of clean up at the Festival which was held at Joy Park from eleven to two. Live music and free food were available at the Festival, which resulted in plenty of work for the second shift boys. These boys also chose McDonald’s for an after work early dinner. The boys all worked hard even though it was hot. The boys earned SAYM Bucks, which may be traded for gift certificates or SAYM logo jackets or hats. Service projects are an excellent method for the boys t learn that giving back to the community is a value for the community and themselves. Thank you boys for your efforts.