GLASGOW, Ky. (KT) – Summer vacation has begun for most school-age students in Kentucky, but not all of them are relaxing.
Hundreds of them in Barren, Hart and Metcalfe counties are involved in service projects through an event dubbed LoveLoud.
In all, 350 middle and high school students from 35 churches are wielding paintbrushes and hammers and such to help people in need.
The event, sponsored by the Liberty Association of Baptists, is spread over four days and is now in its 6th year.
Jordan Woodie, associate pastor of Coral Hill Baptist Church in Glasgow and one of the organizers of the event, says, said the students want to make a difference for others.
“They’re looking for an opportunity to do something that puts others first,” he said.
Woodie said LoveLoud is a reminder to students that they’ve not been created to live for themselves, but to put the needs of others above their own.
“It’s been a big blessing to be able love people that really need it and to have fun with your friends at the same time,” said Neeley Poynter, a first-time participant. “This event gives us a simple way to obey God’s command to love others.”
Organizers believe the students will complete over 100 service projects for elderly and disabled residents, the Boy’s and Girl’s Club in Glasgow, several community centers, area school and local churches.
Barren County Judge-Executive Micheal Hale said the students’ work has a big impact.
“When you see young people taking initiative to get things done it’s a wake up call to adults,” he said. “When young people invest in the community, they’re speaking through their actions. They’re telling us they want a better place to live and they’re willing to help improve our community.”
Glasgow resident Chris Gatlin, who took time off from his job to help lead one of the LoveLoud teams, said there’s nothing he’d rather do.
“I love being around young people,” he said. “One of the best things we can do is spend time with them so they will know the love of Christ, and we’ll have an opportunity to teach them what He wants them to do.”