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Callaway sees fruits of labor

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

They’ll get to see the fruits of their labor today.

Two weeks ago, more than 200 volunteers got together to build bunk beds for needy families as part of the Sleep in Heavenly Peace program.

Among the volunteers who got their hands dirty building beds were members of the Callaway High softball team.

Today, some of those players will ride along as beds are delivered to families in Hogansville.

“The reward will be Saturday when they deliver those beds,” said Robyn McCann, Callaway’s head softball coach.

Callaway’s players, along with members of the LaGrange High football team, were a part of the National Bunks Across America Build Day on June 15.

Nearly 100 bunk beds were built, and they’ll be distributed within a 25 to 30-mile radius according to Greg Watts, the president of the local chapter of the Sleep in Heavenly Peace Program.

“We talked to school counselors, DFACS (Department of Family and Child Services), churches who are already working with families in need or people come to us,” Watts said.

McCann figures Callaway’s softball team was responsible for about 30 of those beds, and she believes it was a rewarding experience for her players.

“They loved it, and the ones that didn’t get to go were asking when we’re going to do it again,” McCann said.

One of the players who took part in the project was Kourtney Grier, who’ll be a senior on the Callaway High softball team this fall.

“It was very satisfying to know that you can help people out, and not just focus on sports all the time, and actually focus on doing something in the community,” Grier said.

When the day was done, everyone involved in the project was able to see the result of their hard work.

“To actually see the beds in the end, it made my day to know that we did that,” Grier said. “I was very proud to see everybody trying to do something.”