Nov 16

East Jessamine students D.A.R.E. to serve community

East Jessamine sophomore Emily Van Dyke swept up some leaves outside the Salvation Army in Nicholasville on Thursday morning. (Photo by Mike Moore)

By Mike Moore

From raking leaves and packing boxes of food to folding clothes, there’s always plenty to work to be done at nonprofits like the Salvation Army.

And Thursday, 30 members of East Jessamine High School’s D.A.R.E. Role Models turned out in force to do just that — work.

“We are coming to help the Salvation Army,” member Alex King said. “We know that they have a lot of stuff piled up, especially so close to the holidays. We’re going to try to do all we can do to help them.”

The 30 students split up into work groups, with one group tackling folding clothes, another focused on raking leaves and other lawn work, while another boxed up food inside the facility located at 205 S. 1st St.

“We are cleaning up all the leaves, and we’re going to do some weeding, and we might mow, if we can find a mower,” King said.

Fellow student Khendy Kim said there was also much work to do inside the building, and for many of the students, it’s just a way to give back to the community.

“I enjoy helping people,” she said. “I’ve been doing it since my sophomore year, so it’s been three years, now.”

King said the D.A.R.E. group stays active in community service.

“In the past, we’ve tried to send people here on random days, but we found out that we just weren’t getting enough done, so we organized a day so we could come down here as a group and get a massive amount of work done at one time,” King said.

“We’ve also went to Warner and Brookside to help out with their fall festivals,” Kim added.

Eventually, King said the group would also like to add hospital visits to its list of community services.

“We’re trying to get something together so we can visit the cancer patients at the hospital, and we’re wanting to visit the kids,” King said.

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