America is a big country with a lot of grass that needs to be cut, and one Alabama college student plans to spend the summer mowing as much of it as possible.Last year, Smith started Raising Men Lawn Care to teach young men (and women) in Huntsville, Alabama, the importance of giving to those in need. The young people involved mowed the lawns of senior citizens, veterans, and single mothers.
With the help of generous donors, Smith's organization hopes to spread out to all 50 states this summer. The social work student at Alabama A&M University is planning on driving coast-to-coast and has already mowed lawns in 20 states since he set out on his journey on May 10th. The folks from Briggs & Stratton have donated all the equipment and all the travel expenses to get Rodney through 20 states to start...
Rodney says his goal is to 'pay it forward' and provide someone in need with a manicured lawn, and to teach kids to choose a positive path as they learn their value in society. He say he has 60 kids now who help to mow lawns, and we've started chapters in six other states. Although he doesn’t accept payment for his service, Smith was rewarded with a bit of R&R when he visited his final state, Hawaii.
You can follow his cross-country journey at his website.
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