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Young Americans Christian School students help community on Others Day

Young Americans Christian School fourth grade students, from left, Kenedy Hampton, Marley Vilaysak and Alexa Shoop, have fun picking up trash at the Yellow River Water Trail at the Georgia International Horse Park Wednesday as part of the school’s 13th Annual Others Day (Special photo)

Young Americans Christian School fourth grade students, from left, Kenedy Hampton, Marley Vilaysak and Alexa Shoop, have fun picking up trash at the Yellow River Water Trail at the Georgia International Horse Park Wednesday as part of the school’s 13th Annual Others Day (Special photo)

CONYERS — Students with Young Americans Christian School got a lesson in helping others last week.

Wednesday was the school’s 13th annual “Others Day” where the entire school steps out of the classroom and into the community to serve others. The students served more than 22 places and organizations on this day, including the Covington Family YMCA, Honey Creek and Hightower elementary schools, Elks Aidmore, the Yellow River Water Trail at the Georgia International Horse Park, Crosspoint Christian Church, Rockdale County Fire Station No. 3 on Salem Road, The Remington House, Magnolia Nursing Home and Crossroads United Methodist Church.

“It is amazing and rewarding, even after 13 years, to watch the students’ eager desire to serve others within our local community,” said YACS administrator David Taylor. “We often hear about the negatives with today’s youth, but this is yet another example of our young people striving to do for others and enhance our local community.”

To participate in Others Day, students get sponsorships from relatives, friends and businesses for their work, which helps the school fund large projects such as purchasing a bus, enhancing the school buildings or acquiring additional equipment.

“The goal of YACS Others Day has always been to bless others. It also helps teach the students of YACS the joy of helping and working for others,” Taylor said.