Volunteerism is alive and well in Miss Lou

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, October 15, 2019

We have long claimed that when it comes to volunteering, few communities can compete with the residents of the Miss-Lou.

Despite our challenges, residents of Natchez and Vidalia continue to offer their time, money and talents in the service of others.

This spirit of volunteerism was in the spotlight in various corners of our community last week.

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*For more than a decade, the Rotary Club of Natchez has defined the word service for third-grade students in Natchez. Each year, club members travel to the area’s private and public schools to hand-deliver a dictionary to each third-grade student. Club members told the students that the dictionaries are meant for the students to take home and use in conjunction with their daily lessons.

During each presentation, the students were introduced to the principles of Rotary, including its motto, “Service Above Self.”  The local organization’s donation not only provides a necessary learning tool, but also exemplifies to area students what service is.

*Another group of community leaders demonstrated the importance of working together for the greater good of the community last week when they dedicated a new computer lab at Zion Chapel AME Church in Natchez. The new lab, which includes 14 desktop computers, a laser printer and other equipment, will be part of the church’s after school youth tutoring center. Much of the equipment was purchased at a reduced cost from auctions of former U.S. government property. A lab that was built for under $2,500 could have cost up to $30,000. Thanks to all who contributed to this worthwhile endeavor that has the opportunity to affect future generations of our community.

As we look forward to a festive week of balloons and other entertainment, let’s always be on the lookout for the good news in our community.