Thu, 11/14/2019 - 2:31pm

Christ School Wins Award for Blue Ridge Parkway Volunteerism

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The National Park Service has taken notice of the good deeds done in the Asheville area by Christ School boys.

Each year, the NPS asks for nominations for exceptional volunteers. Greenies have made such an impression with their work in and around the Mount Pisgah Campground in Canton, N.C., that Christ School won the Blue Ridge Parkway Volunteer Youth Group Award on November 7. Last week’s awards luncheon was held in Asheville’s Folk Art Center.

“Christ School, based in Asheville, N.C., believes in the value of integrating service into the lives of students at an early age,” the NPS said in a press release. “In coordination with the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway – Asheville Chapter, students have completed multiple projects in the Asheville area of the Parkway, instilling a love for service in the students and helping the park address some of its critical deferred maintenance needs.”

Various groups from Christ School have volunteered at the Mt. Pisgah Campground, most recently the Greenie cross country and soccer teams in August and September.

Ethan Crump, Community Volunteer Ambassador for the Blue Ridge Parkway, had kind words for the Greenies in a letter to Director of Service Learning Olga Mahoney.

“Both the cross country and soccer teams and coaches were incredible to work alongside," he wrote. "The students are very respectful and enthusiastic about serving."