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GW students plant flowers at Eleanor Church

Readying flowers for planting at Eleanor Presbyterian Church, are, from left: Sammy Hornsby, Hunter Toney and Cameron Wallace. The students are part of the Lighthouse Team at George Washington Elementary School.
BEN CALWELL | Putnam Review As a community service project, members of the Lighthouse Team at George Washington Elementary School planted flowers at nearby Eleanor Presbyterian Church on May 19. From left: Conor Gray, teacher Amanda Reedy, Maylea Harris, Austin Porta and Nick Crawford spread mulch in front of the church.
George Washington Elementary students plant flowers at Eleanor Presbyterian Church. Gritt’s Midway Greenhouse donated the flowers for the project.
Sarah Landers and Kierstyn McDade get the soil ready for flowers in front of the sign for Eleanor Presbyterian Church.
Church volunteers Beverly Luikart, left, and Debbie Yeager help George Washington Elementary students Conor Gray and Nick Crawford spread mulch in front of Eleanor Presbyterian Church.
Debbie Yeager

The Lighthouse Team at George Washington Elementary School got their hands dirty on a recent Friday morning, but everyone was happy about it.

The students, one boy and one girl from each class, took time out of their school day to plant flowers at nearby Eleanor Presbyterian Church.

The Lighthouse Team “is like a student council,” said teacher Amanda Reedy, as she and a group of students prepared the soil for flowers, which Gritt’s Midway Greenhouse donated for the project.

Debbie Yeager, wife of Eleanor Presbyterian Pastor John Yeager, was among the volunteers, which included Beverly Luikart, who showed up to help the students. Yeager said the Lighthouse Team wanted to do something nice for the church, because the church for several years has provided weekend “snack bags” for some students to take home over the weekends during the school year.

The Lighthouse Team “wanted to give back to our church because our church does a snack bag program for about 40 students over there. We send a bag of food home every weekend. This church has been doing that for about six years during the school year,” Yeager said.

In fact, in March the students held a two-week food drive to help keep the snack bag program fully stocked.

“They collected food items for the program; they collected more than 4,000 food items that weighed 1,000 pounds,” said Pastor John Yeager.

Debbie Yeager said the flower planting project at the church was the students’ idea.

“This is all kid driven; they thought of it,” she said.


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