By Andrew Hayes
Clinton County Chatter
DEWITT — The DeWitt High School boys’ track team, along with “Rebuilding Together Ingham County” took a break from running to help the community.
“One day a year they do a service project,” head track coach Bob Acre said. “We’ve been doing it for five years.”
According to Acre, he and his wife transported 35 athletes from DeWitt to Lansing to help an elderly woman raising her 6-year-old granddaughter with yard work and home repairs. The team worked in three-hour shifts from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“I worked the first shift,” sophomore captain Austin Smith said. “We worked mostly in the backyard cleaning leaves. There was a plastic pond that had a bunch of junk in it.”
The student-athletes also helped around the house fixing a broken toilet.
“They’re young and strong but need some direction,” Acre said. “We usually try to keep them away from electrical stuff and plumbing.”
Acre said that he’s big into community service and believes all of his students need to see others that aren’t as well off as they are.
“His goal is to make us better men,” senior captain Mitch Kolito said. “I think it’s made us better men. It creates good habits. If I’m doing it now I could see myself doing it more down the road.”