By JEFFREY CULLEN-DEAN  |  Apr. 27, 2019 – 10:28 PM

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Newnan High School students assemble furniture to be used in Wadsworth Alley. From left, Melanie Hernandez, Chelsea Harris, Karen Sanchez and Keriyona Geter.

More than 300 students and teachers from Newnan High School participated in a volunteer service day throughout Coweta County on Saturday.

The volunteers worked with more than 20 community organizations — such as Abby’s Angels, the Newnan Fire Department, the VFW, the Coweta Samaritan Clinic and the Wadsworth Alley — to complete specific tasks in the area.

Frank Henderson, a history teacher and girls soccer coach at NHS, said the goal of the service day was to get the students more involved in the community.

“We were looking for something to get students involved in more things than the high school,” he said. “This is a chance for the community to see see awesome things happening at NHS.”

Henderson and members of the girls soccer team volunteered at the Rainbow Run hosted by the Abby’s Angels Foundation. They helped set-up games for the festivities available after the race.

“We wanted to take our time to give back,” said Kayla Miller, an NHS teacher. “Service is really important to our school, students and teachers.”

“It’s our way of showing gratitude to organizations that have supported NHS,” said Daphne Keene, an NHS teacher.

The students with Keene and Miller put together furniture for use in Wadsworth Alley and painted large letters that spelled Newnan.

According to Henderson, the school’s idea is to do the service day once or twice a year.