Student volunteers help clean up Lecompte


LECOMPTE, La. (KALB) – In Lecompte, students volunteered their time to help the Garden Club prepare for the judging of the Cleanest City Award, which will take place on April 8.

About 50 Rapides High School students involved in groups like JAG, Fellowship of Christian Students, the Youth Volunteer Corps and Future Farmers of America, were put to work picking up trash, gardening and landscaping local landmarks.

The students involved were happy to help.

“It just shows that we are proud of our city and proud to be where we are. We’re not embarrassed to say we’re from Lecompte, but we’re proud to say we’re from Lecompte,” said JAG Vice President of Civilian Outreach Luke Peart.

Through volunteering, students gain valuable life experience.

“It gives our students the opportunity to get out and be part of the community, and build that relationship with the community, the city of Lecompte, the Lecompte Garden Club, they can work with different organizations and be part of the community” , said JAG specialist Alicia Monroe.

Volunteers also planted an American holly in front of historic Smith’s Landing to honor Earth and Tree Day later this month. The Garden Club appreciated all the help it received from the students beatifying the town of Lecompte.

“With a few adult supervisors, about 50 students and lots of pizza, we are able to do a lot in one day,” said Joyce Hoyt Lyford, president of the Lecompte Garden Club Civic.

It was the first of two days of cleaning in Lecompte. The next will take place in the fall.

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