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Volunteers help make Jackson Co. cleaner, greener

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By Patrice Clark - bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Rosewood community in Jackson County is much cleaner thanks to 90 teenager from Virginia. County officials said tons of debris from Hurricane Katrina was still scattered across the community. The group heard about the problem and had to lend a helping hand. 

An army of young people crowded the Rosewood community early Monday morning with one thing in mind: Clean up Katrina's mess. The teens are from St. Anne's Belfield School in Virginia. 

"This group is specifically called 'Doug's Trip,' in memory of elected class president of 2008 who was on a service trip to Nicaragua and died unexpectedly. He had a heart condition." 

To remember their friend's life, the students decided to help a hurricane damaged community. They got sweaty and touched items that are a little smelly during their mission on the coast. 

"One of the refrigerators still had food in it. So when we opened that refrigerator, it was not real pretty," said volunteer Michael Loret. 

Volunteers like Laney Wood also found some rather interesting stuff while on the job. 

"I am holding what looks to be a stuffed animal; it looks like a bulldog," Laney Wood said. "It is amazing to see how much has been left behind." 

Young people pulled out more than 100 yards of debris on the first day and that is just the start.  There is a lot more stuff scattered about this Rosewood community in Jackson County. 

"There is probably 400 yards material still back there, and there is also probably two or three homes worth of material," County Supervisor John McKay said about the debris in the community.

McKay represents this area and said this cleanup is long overdue. 

"The county doesn't have the assets at this point in time after Katrina, nor does DMR or anyone I contacted about assistance in cleaning this up. This is volunteer labor to help us clean our environment." 

These young people are also pleased they're making the community cleaner and greener. The teens will be in Jackson County for this week doing disaster work.

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