Staff Photo: Robert Porter

Margaret DeVeer, 15, of Arabi, La., left, washes out paint brushes Thursday as 11-year-old Clayton Kemp, center, and Brittany Elliot, 12, both of Conyers, assist. DeVeer, who lives close to New Orleans' ninth ward, is no stranger to hard work after her family's home was flooded with 12 feet of water during Hurricane Katrina. She spent last week, along with a total of 175 volunteers, doing work in Rockdale County in conjunction with the Smyrna Presbyterian Mission Work Camp.