DJJ staffers, youth clean carpets Friday afternoon

Charles Warner Editor

September 7, 2013

UNION — The staff and youth of the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice in Union County got to work Friday cleaning carpets as part of the “Restoring Carolina Through Youth Service” initiative.

Ashley Campbell, County Director for the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice in Union County, got the afternoon’s work started with a Rug Doctor in the DJJ office in the Union County Government Complex. The work got under way at 2 p.m. and three hours later the carpets in all the office in the complex were clean.

In addition to Campbell, other DJJ staffers that took part in the cleaning were Harold Mayes, Steven Gault, and Tom Foley. They were assisted by six juveniles who are either on probation or under the supervision of the DJJ.

While the carpets were being cleaned, the juveniles and the staffers began making Cheer Cards for the residents of Oakmont Nursing Home. The cards will be presented to the residents early next week.

Campbell said she was very happy with the results of the initiative.

“It went great,” Campbell said. “Everybody pitched in and got the carpets cleaned and got the Cheer Cards made. We will present them at Oakmont either Monday or Tuesday.”

Restoring Carolina Through Youth Service is an annual event sponsored by the DJJ. The initiative, which gets under way Thursday and runs through today, involves DJJ staff and youth along with community partners and volunteers in community projects in all of South Carolina’s 46 counties. Projects were also scheduled for DJJ’s Broad River Road Complex and Detention and Evaluation Centers on Shivers Road in Columbia.

This is the initiative’s fifth year, and during that time DJJ’s Union County office has undertaken a number of projects including an awareness program and fundraiser for the Hidden Wounds organization (2012), raised funds for the Miracle League through an exhibition game (2011); volunteered at The Potters Storehouse and held a food drive (2010); and a beautification project at Buffalo Elementary School (2009).

The initiative is held in conjunction with the National Day of Service which commemorates the 9/11 attacks. At 11:30 a.m. today DJJ’s JROTC will hold an observance of “We Will Never Forget — America’s Promise,” a 9/11 Remembrance and Wreath Ceremony. The observance will include a moment of silence at noon that will be observed by all DJJ staff and volunteers at community project sites around the state.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.