Youth Council ready for event

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 20, 1999

Make a Difference Day on Saturday will be a day of cleaning for the Natchez Mayor’s Youth Council, said council president Will Jones.

&uot;The Sunshine Shelter has bought a new building on Franklin Street and we’re going to help out by cleaning it before they do a minimal renovation,&uot; Jones said.

A senior at Trinity Episcopal High School, Jones has been on the youth council for four years.

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About 40 to 45 members of the work force scheduled for Saturday will scrape walls, clean and mop floors – performing general clean up duties.

The Mayor’s Youth Council will be supported on Saturday by volunteers from the Natchez High School Beta Club and the Trinity Key Club, Jones said.

&uot;We’ll be working two shifts on Saturday because Make a Difference Day always falls on an ACT testing day,&uot; Jones said.

Half of the council will work between 10 a.m. and 12 noon, he said, with the remaining group taking over from 1-3 p.m.

In addition to the Sunshine Shelter site, the council will help the Salvation Army to convert a former juvenile detention center to a multipurpose activity and learning center.

Jones is helping to organize the work force for Saturday, but said the real credit goes to their sponsor, Gretchen Kuechler of the City Planning Commission.

&uot;Ms. Gretchen deserves the real credit, she’s been excellent in getting everything organized,&uot; he said.

Kuechler has registered the Mayor’s Youth Council project with state and national volunteer databases for the Make a Difference Day event.