THINC Service Club Members and Staff ‘Sleep’ on Service Project

February 10, 2020

In the upcoming weeks, the number of children in Troup County who need a bed to lay their head at night will become lower thanks to the service project hosted by THINC College & Career Academy (THINC). Employees and students invited business partners and the community to help build 50 beds for the LaGrange Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) this past weekend. There were 118 total volunteers, including those who came from companies like Georgia Power and Kia Motors Manufacturing of Georgia. 

While part of THINC’s mission is to produce work-savvy graduates through soft-skills training, the mission of SHP is to build beds for children who are sleeping on the floor or not in their own bed. Greg Watts, SHP Chapter President said, “When we say sleeping on the floor, it could be a child who is sleeping on an air mattress or with other siblings…if a child does not have a bed of their own, we are building one for them. We provide the bed, mattress, comforter, sheets, and pillows. When we leave, they are ready to go to sleep.” 

Currently, there are 126 kids in Troup County that are awaiting their bed and 60 to 65 percent of those referrals have come from Troup County School System (TCSS) counselors. “We have done 60 plus beds in Hogansville. For example, we might receive a call from the counselor from a school. They see a lot of what goes on in the homes because they are in touch with the families. I’ve had teachers come up to me after we have delivered beds to one of their students, and they say they see a notable difference in the child while they are in the classroom,” Watts added.

Engineering Drafting and Design Instructor, Buddy Lee, introduced the community service idea to the leaders and students at THINC. He said they were all excited about the project. “We want our team to be involved in our community and we always do our best to provide them authentic industry-based experiences. This event fits perfectly with our goals here at THINC. My students in the Robotics Alliance are required by our by-laws to be involved in community service projects. Outside of that, this is the right thing to do and we enjoyed the project.”

Italia Boone was onsite helping to sand the wood before beds were framed. She attends LaGrange High in the morning and THINC in the afternoon. The sophomore student has already received her Unity software certification in Game Design. “Some people may not have the money to get appropriate beds for their children and it’s important to me to help out anyway I can. I want to give back to the community that gave to me.”