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Berry College Students Beautify Silver Comet Trail

ROME, GA -- A group of Berry College students recently participated in the nationwide "Make a Difference Day" and proved to be great examples to all volunteers.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, the students headed to Polk County and spent the morning cleaning up the Silver Comet Trail. Working together, they helped remove 72 tires from the Van Wert Trailhead.

Part of Berry's mission is to "challenge students to devote their learning to community and civic betterment," and the majority of students spend multiple hours per semester serving and investing in their community.

For more information about Berry's volunteer services, contact them either via email or at 706-238-5848.

McHenry Primary School Debuts New Playground

ROME, GA -- McHenry Primary School (100 McHenry Drive, Rome, 30161) held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new handicapped-accessible playground on Thursday, Nov. 4.

The community joined in to help the school open the new play area, and the children wasted no time in enjoying the efforts of those who helped to make the project a reality.

The new playground is part of the school's prize for winning the latest Pepsi Challenge. McHenry entered the project in the Pepsi Refresh Project earlier in the year, but did not make it to the finals. The school did not rest on that setback, but reapplied for the latest Pepsi Challenge and mobilized the community to support its cause.

Area businesses also joined in the effort to make the playground accessible for all students at the school.

Partnership Renovates Rome Amphitheater into Labyrinth

ROME, GA -- A public works project from the 1930s is getting a facelift as part of a public/private partnership.

The rock amphitheater on Jackson Hill is being renovated into a labyrinth by Ed Baker and the City of Rome. The labyrinth will consist of a winding brick path through many levels of the original stone amphitheater.

While Baker has only been a Roman for six years, his love for the community inspired him to bring the project to life.

"A year and a half ago, I got interested in labyrinths and their healing power. At the time, the closest one was in Marietta, so I wanted to bring one here," he said.

The amphitheater was chosen as a location because of its central location on Jackson Hill, and because the groundwork infrastructure was already in place.

Baker credits the City of Rome and the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau for helping to jump start the project.