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Florida teens help keep Albany beautiful

Church group of 55 teens and 11 adults chip in to spruce up parts of the city

For the seventh consecutive year, a group of teenagers from Beach United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., have given up a week of their summer brek to join hands with Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful (KADB) to enhance Albany. Here they are shown repainting the exterior of the Bill Miller Center Gym. (Special Photo)

For the seventh consecutive year, a group of teenagers from Beach United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., have given up a week of their summer brek to join hands with Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful (KADB) to enhance Albany. Here they are shown repainting the exterior of the Bill Miller Center Gym. (Special Photo)

ALBANY — For the seventh consecutive year, a group of teenagers from Beach United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., have given up a week of their summer break to join hands with Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful (KADB) to enhance Albany.

All told, 55 teens and 11 adults made the trip north for four days worth of community work.

“The is primarily a service-oriented trip,” team leader Chris Peltz said Thursday. “This trip gives our teens a chance to serve while sharing their faith and love while doing good work and enhancing the community.”

The group started work Monday by painting the floor of the Downtown Art Park. On Tuesday the teens assembled food boxes for the needy. The Henderson Gym got a new exterior paint job Wednesday, as did the Bill Miller Center Gym on Thursday.

Caleb Clayton, 14, was making his third summer visit to Albany.

“We’re here to work and help out the Albany Community,” Clayton said. “We have been getting to know the kids at these centers and helping them to get to know Jesus.”

Audrey Moore, 13, who was making her second trip to town, said “This year has been different from last year in that we did more hands-on work and got to connect with more people,” she said. “We’ve had some in-depth conversations and I think we’ve made more on an impact this year.”

KADB Executive Director Judy Bowles was impressed by the teens’ spirit.

“I think it’s awesome for these kids to give up a week of their summer break to enhance Albany,” Bowles said. “They are to be commended because partnership is what this is all about.”