COVINGTON - Some Newton County teens who didn't expect a summer job were put to work this summer to help the community.
As part of the work force initiative project paid for through the federal stimulus package, 26 teens and young adults in Newton County worked on several community projects this summer.
For eight weeks, the group worked out of Hebron World Church in Covington to create three service projects in Newton County. One group made baskets for nursing homes, one group will help with the Back to School Bash on Sunday on the Covington Square and one group held a Mother's Day Out at the church Friday afternoon.
"They are very community-oriented projects," Pastor Charles Wallace said. "As a church, we want to make a difference in the community."
Over the summer, the groups had to create a project, formulate a plan, call area businesses to ask for donations and volunteer services and coordinate plans to complete the event.
The also had to write papers on their goals in life and worked on other community service projects, like helping out at the community garden at Newton County's Community Food Pantry.
"It was a great opportunity to help the community itself," said Jasmin Loyal, an 18-year-old Alcovy High School graduate. "Doing things for the community is always good because you're giving back."
She said she liked working with the project so much that she plans to participate in volunteer activities in the future, like volunteering at trash pickups and maybe helping with the Back to School Bash next year.
"I like helping out," she said. "It helps me realize that everything isn't about me."
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