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Local Students Give Back to Their Community

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - We're right in the middle of Black History Month and here in the Coastal Empire some future leaders of tomorrow are taking steps today to ensure a national treasure.

One group taking these steps is called Access and it involves educational talent search, the Gear Up Program, Upward Bound and Student Support Services and they are all coming together to get the job done.

On a typical Saturday morning some young people might sleep in or watch tv. But not these 20 youngsters.

"It's very important to me to give back to my community," said Beach High School senior Leslie Coney.

"It's like I'm setting an example because those who care about their future may say if he can do it than I can do it," said Savannah State University freshman Tyrus Watts.

That was the type of attitude exhibited by these Access students ranging from junior high students to college under grads. They came out today in their work clothes and paint brushes in hand to celebrate Black History Month and give back to their community.

They did so by painting one of Savannah's historic treasures, the King Tisdell Cottage.

"The King-Tisdell Cottage is basis for African American Culture in Savannah," said Coney.

"We all have a background but for me to be here, I'm just contributing to the history," said Watts.

Access students got help painting the King Tisdell Cottage from congressman John Barrow.

"It's exciting to see the kids involved, and I was telling them how we're just passing through history but things like the King Tisdell Cottage they are history," said Barrow. "They were here before and will be here after and if we do right then we will be able to pass on historic treasures like this in better shape then how we found it."

Which is exactly what these students want to accomplish by sprucing up the building's curb appeal.

"Most kids where I'm from don't even think to come and help out but it's great to be around students that have the same goals that I do," said Coney.

The King Tisdell Cottage is an African American Heritage Museum for Savannah and the Sea Islands. It's named for its African American owners Eugene and Sarah King, and Robert Tisdell.

Next Saturday Access students plan on heading up to Atlanta to celebrate national Trio Day.

Reported by:  David Hall, dhall@wtoc.com

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