Girl celebrates birthday picking up trash

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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Courtney Paige-Lawrence and her friend Lauren Romero picked up trash along Mount Olive Street in Siloam Springs on Nov. 13 during Courtney’s birthday party.

Courtney Paige-Lawrence and her friend Lauren Romero picked up trash along Mount Olive Street in Siloam Springs on Nov. 13 during Courtney’s birthday party.
Photo by Janelle Jessen

For most people, birthday parties are all about cake, balloons and presents, but 15-year-old Courtney Paige Lawrence is far from average.

Lawrence, a Decatur resident and a ninth grader at Siloam Springs High School, selflessly chose to give back to her community for her 15th birthday.

For her party, Lawrence organized a group of friends to help clean a 1.5 mile section of Cheri Whitlock Drive and Mount Olive Street in Siloam Springs. Instead of gifts, guests were asked to bring baby and toddler clothing to be donated to the Benton County Children’s Shelter in Vaughn.

The party was entitled, “Help Courtney Paige Put the Earth back the way God made it,” and Courtney and her mom, Tammy ...


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