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Students clean up neighborhood on community service day

About 90 middle schoolers from Sherwood Christian Academy were out of class Friday for their annual community service day. / Mary Green

An East Albany neighborhood is a little cleaner thanks to some local students.

About 90 middle schoolers from Sherwood Christian Academy were out of class Friday for their annual community service day.

This year, they were working in the area that Fight Albany Blight is also working in, and they teamed up with Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful to paint, pressure wash, pick up litter and even dosome yard work.

"It makes me feel good because we're serving God and giving him all the glory," eighth-grader Beckham Davidson said.

"One day, they'll have their own children, and they'll say, 'This is what I did and what I want you to do.' It's what every citizen ought to do," Judy Bowles, executive director of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful, said.

Next week, high school students from Sherwood will be back in this neighborhood to paint the church that the middle schoolers pressure washed Friday.

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