Haywood Christian Academy clears roads in Fines Creek
After the rainiest summer in recent memory, Haywood Christian Academy (HCA) helped clear roads of washed out gravel in the Fines Creek community. Students volunteered their Saturday to sweep, shovel and remove debris just in time for the annual Blue Ridge Breakaway bicycle race. High school students took a six-mile stretch from I-40 exit 15 to Fines Creek School, over Rush Fork and finished up at Crabtree Methodist Church.
“The effort that we put into sweeping the road, painting the road and putting up signs helped us have an accident free event," said Laura Leatherwood, vice president of Student Development at Haywood Community College and one of the race coordinators. "Volunteers put in a lot of hours and sweat equity into this part of the event and the work paid off.”
Community service at HCA is part of the high school program.
“We even had a little help from Fines Creek resident Mr. David Noland when he rolled his industrial blower out for us to use,” said HCA Headmaster Blake Stanbery, who said it was fun to serve.