Hatton FFA honors C.C. Smith family in 2-day community service project

Hatton FFA students cleaned the Templeton Cemetery, where the C.C. Smith family is buried, as part of a two-day community service project the organization holds each year. Pictured from the left are Hatton FFA President LeAnne Pace and FFA students Caden Roberts, Bri Bradford and Kymbree Daniel.

Hatton High School FFA members volunteered two days of their summer to help with the organization’s annual community service project last week.

Students spent the day Tuesday cleaning the Templeton Cemetery, where C.C. Smith and his family are buried.

Ag Advisor Adam Daniel said Hatton FFA started the annual cemetery cleanup several years ago as a way to repay the Smith family for their contribution to Lawrence County schools.

According to reports, C.C. Smith and his wife, Elizabeth, donated land to the Lawrence County school system and endowed C.C. Smith School in 1923. The Smiths also left a trust to the school system that was initially set up with $14,000 but has since grown to more than $450,000.

“We’re planning to do more regular maintenance at the cemetery, but we’ve been doing this community service project every year during the summer,” Daniel said.

He said Hatton FFA students mowed the cemetery lawn and worked clearing overgrown brush and foliage from the grounds for most of the day last Tuesday. The students also repainted the entrance ramp at Sanderson Chapel United Methodist Church and cleaned around the church shrubbery.

On Wednesday, FFA students continued their community service project at Hatton High School by repainting a portion of the lunchroom.

“These yearly projects go hand-in-hand with our organization’s motto, especially its last line,” Daniel added.

The FFA motto reads, “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.”

Students participating in the community service projects included Hatton FFA President LeAnne Pace and Hatton FFA members Kymbree Daniel, Caden Roberts, Bri Bradford, Jillian Fretwell, and Elizabeth Freeman.

On Thursday, Daniel said Hatton FFA students will represent their school in a state competition, which will be held virtually because of COVID-19. He said the organization has four teams participating in categories including Nursery Lands, Equine Judging, Small Engines and a Quiz Bowl for 7th and 8th grade students.

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