In spite of the constant barrage of rain, 400 high school aged youth from all over the country have descended upon Boone County to perform much need home improvements to area residences.
They are part of the national Group Workcamps mission and are being sponsored by EnAct Community Action.
The youth will be working on 50 homes throughout Boone County which are owned or occupied by elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged individuals or families.
The students arrived on Sunday and were divided into six person work crews and given their project assignments. They will have a busy week of waking up before 7 a.m. and leaving for their sites after 8 a.m.
Throughout the week, the youth will be reconstructing sagging porches, building wheelchair ramps, painting, and various other projects.
The recent barrage of storms have put them a little behind schedule, but they have not given up faith that the work will get completed.
To help make the work camp possible, EnAct Community Action worked with AEP and Home
Depot in obtaining grants for the supplies and materials to be used.
In addition, EnAct Community Action teamed up with the Boone County Board of Education to provide the kids a base at Sherman High School where they eat, sleep, and prepare for the day.
Fred Pace is an editor for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-369-1165, ext. 1661, in Madison; at 304-752-6950, ext. 1729 in Logan; by email at email@example.com or @fcpace62 on Twitter.