Spring cleaning for everyone

First Posted: 4/20/2009

Spring is definitely in the air as Mondays rain showers proved and I would like to take a moment to give kudos to those who went above and beyond the spring cleaning call of duty.
Over the weekend a number of groups decided to take some time out of their schedules to help out others in the community. The city of Mount Airy held a citywide yard sale, opening up a lot for people to come, set up a table and sell the stuff that they no longer use. It saved gas and time for those looking for a good bargain as they did not have to drive from neighborhood to neighborhood looking for those ubiquitous Yard Sale signs. It also provided the perfect opportunity for those who needed to clean out their closets but maybe didnt have quite enough to have a full fledged yard sale of their own.
Students in North Surry High Schools Spanish Club and FFA took time to clean up their schools campus on Saturday. It was not an assignment for class and Im guessing they wont automatically get an A just for showing up. However, it showed that they care about their learning environment and want to make it look the best possible. They even had some help from Principal Bill Goins who spent his morning cleaning up the debris in the parking lot and helping to spread mulch.
A number of area churches pitched in at the Foothills Food Pantry, sprucing, painting and restocking. Keeping the place operational surely leaves little time for things such as paint, but the fresh coats will leave the place looking welcoming for those who need its services.
These people decided to dedicate their time on a beautiful Saturday when they could have been doing so many other things, so they could give back to their community. I am sure they were not the only ones out helping over the weekend and I know others have events planned for the coming weeks to help out around the county. So to all of you, kudos! I am sure that even if no one says anything to you they are still thankful for the work you have done. Not only have you helped the county look a little better, you have lessened the work load for someone else and I am sure you have brightened the days of a number of people.
Even if you are unable to get out and do for others, simply doing some spring cleaning of your own can be helpful. Remember, one persons trash is another persons treasure. Maybe you have some undiscovered treasures in your house that another member of the community is just dying to have.
Morgan Wall is a staff reporter for The Mount Airy News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 719-1929.

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