Groesbeck: Global Youth Day Kicks Off Friday

By: Yvonne Ramirez Email
By: Yvonne Ramirez Email

GROESBECK (April 2, 2013)--The Red Cross, Groesbeck Rebuilds America, Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD), and various organizations will come together to kick off Global Youth Service Day Friday.

The event will take place at the McLennan State Juvenile Correctional Facility at 116 Burleson Road at 3 p.m.

The ceremony will celebrate the partnership various organizations have formed for the Global Youth Day Service Project.

"Every year in April there is a global community service initiative where children around the world adopt a project," Volunteer Services Coordinator Katherine Davis said.

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department's wood-shop vocational class, Groesbeck Rebuilds America, and Stars of Hope will partner to send 3,000 wooden stars to places touched by tragedy in the U.S.

Groesbeck Rebuilds America has been invited to submit their stars built by local schools and other organizations to go to two very special causes.

Stars from Groesbeck will go to communities affected by Hurricane Sandy and New York City as part of the 9/11 Museum Street Festival that will take place in April.

"The boys at TJJD will cut wooden stars to be taken by Groesbeck Rebuilds America volunteers to Connecticut," Davis said.

"Students at Sandy Hook Elementary will paint words of encouragement and messages of hope on these stars," Davis added.

Groesbeck Rebuilds America volunteers will then take the stars from the elementary school to either New York City or a community affected by the hurricane where they will be staked into the ground.

TJJD will cut as many wooden stars as possible and overall, the city of Groesbeck will produce the 3,000 stars locally, Davis said.

All stars will need to be ready by the end of April to go to their designated location.

TJJD will host a closing ceremony at this time to recognize their youth for their hard work.

The kick off ceremony is open to the public. For more information call (254) 297-8483.

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