By Glenna Crabtree-Bullins/ Smyth Co. News & Messenger
MARION, Va. (May 17, 2016) -- Students and staff from Blue Ridge Job Corps Center in Marion celebrated National Youth Services Day by working at various locations in Smyth County during April.
According to William A. Fields, business community liaison and student government advisor at Blue Ridge Job Corps Center, students picked up trash along the Riverwalk, painted the curb in front of the center and raked leaves, cleaned up trash and mulched at Hungry Mother State Park.
Another team of students worked at the former Mount Pleasant Methodist Church, cleaning the parsonage and cleaning and polishing furniture stored in the church. The former church will be the site of the Mount Pleasant Preservation Society Museum when the renovation project is complete.
The United Methodist Holston Conference signed over the deed to the property to the Mount Pleasant Preservation Society Inc. Lawrence established the preservation society several years ago, Fields said.