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OYS Champions: Students building beds for those in need

Columbus Africentric Early College has a new focus on service. One of the many projects the kids are involved in lets some of them and others in the community sleep better at night. (WSYX/WTTE)

Columbus Africentric Early College has a new focus on service. One of the many projects the kids are involved in lets some of them and others in the community sleep better at night.

This year, Bruce Green came out of retirement to lead the school's new community service team. For years, Green had led one of the area's best high school service teams at Eastmoor Academy. He retired, but was quickly talked back into the classroom at Africentric.

A chance meeting with Dale Cory at a food pantry brought a new project for his new kids. Cory's group from Upper Arlington Lutheran is one of several that build beds and donate them, under the banner 'The Bed Brigade'.

Three weeks ago, Cory and his team started teaching a group of 25 students how to build the beds. Many of the students were using power tools for the first time. Some of them were building beds for classmates!

Kindergartners chipped in by adding artwork to the side rails.

In all, the team was able to build six beds on day one. They've since made and donated 15 of them to fellow students and the community at large.

Green says the goal is 7 or 8 beds a week, adding, "there's a huge need for beds in the community"

So great, Dale Cory predicts 'The Bed Brigade' will make and donate 1,200 to 1,400 beds this year.

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