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story.lead_photo.caption Photo by Randy Moll Zursey Maya, 15, cleaned out the flowerbeds in front of Gentry City Hall on Thursday. She was one of many students from Ozark Adventist Academy who volunteered their time to do community service work for the city and for the Gentry Chamber of Commerce. Other students painted, cleaned storefront windows and painted for the city.

GENTRY -- The city of Gentry received a spring cleaning and face lift on Friday, thanks to the volunteer community-service work of students from Ozark Adventist Academy. Scores of OAA students, assisted by city workers and the Gentry Chamber of Commerce, spent the day sprucing up the city, from Main Street to the city parks and police station.

On Main Street, students washed store-front windows and swept sidewalks. Other students worked in the flower beds in front of city hall, removing dead growth and weeds and getting things ready for spring flowers and plantings. Students did the same in the pocket park between the Gentry Public Library and the Senior Activity and Wellness Center, and with rollers and paint brushes in hand, the students made quick work of painting the Senior Center walls.

The new restroom facility nearing completion in the city park also received a fresh coat of paint on Friday morning, with students using brushes to trim and rollers to coat the block walls of the facility. At the new police station, patrol cars were washed and the grounds cleaned up.

Everywhere one looked Friday, students were at work, and having fun, as they learned about serving their community and volunteering their time and talents. And the mayor, city workers, the Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and Gentry residents all much appreciated their labors of love.

General News on 03/09/2016

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