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LHS students help decorate Centertown for Christmas

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By Tom Wilmoth

    A group of Liberty High School students wanted to give back to the Bedford community.

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    That prompted a brain-storming session on what they could do. The result—a festively-decorated Centertown Park.
    About 35 students from the LHS agricultural and art classes have been working since Thanksgiving on the decorations and last Wednesday they showed up to put them up, just in time for Saturday’s Christmas parade.

    “It was collaborative effort,” stated LHS art teacher Leslie Padgett. Her classes, along with those of art teacher Melissa Friedwald and FFA teacher Lindsay Tomlinson, worked on the project.
    “They asked, ‘What can we do to show the community the Spirit of Liberty?’” Padgett said of the students coming up with the idea.
    Padgett called Dan Plattus of Bedford Main Street, Inc., about their desire to help out, and he suggested decorating the park.
    And the project allowed both the art and FFA students to utilize their skills. “We thought it was a good, collaborative team effort,” she said.
    The art students came up with the designs for the snowmen, candy canes and snowflakes and the agriculture students produced and cut them out for the art students. Padgett said LHS Principal Mary Brandon supported the community outreach “whole-heartedly.”
    On Wednesday, the students showed up to put up their creations as well as some other decorations provided by Bedford Main Street. It was not a typical field trip.
    “They understood a lot of hard work was going to be involved,” Padgett said of the project.
    The effort gives the students a chance to show off their skills and hopefully, Padgett said, it will help draw attention to the Centertown area.
    “We wanted a feel-good project,” Padgett said. “We have good kids who do good things on a regular basis.”
    And, on Wednesday, the community noticed.
    In fact several local businesses pitched in to help once the students got started decorating. Glo-Lyn Flowers sent up several bags of bows for the students to use and Ivy Bridge Cafe provided hot drinks and homemade treats to help keep the students warm.
    “It really pulled the community together,” Padgett said.