United Way, Home Depot join in work at Dixon

Day of action

Marines and volunteers take a break from building picnic tables that will be used under the shelter at Dixon Middle School as part of a continued day of action at the school recently.

Chuck Beckley / The Daily News
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 05:31 PM.

The United Way and Home Depot returned to Dixon Middle School recently — along with Marine volunteers — to continue the beautification project started nearly two months before.

Despite rain and unseasonably cool weather, volunteers also began new projects that included making: a cover for the school’s softball field; a gravel path behind the school; and new picnic tables.

The group also planned on painting the wheelchair ramp they built in June, providing the steady rain let up.

Among the volunteers was 1st Sgt. Christopher Cary of Jacksonville . He led a group from 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines. Cary said the outing gave his troops a much-needed diversion from routine activities.

“It’s great to have a break and help out the community,” Cary said.

Cary said the outing was also fulfilling the wishes of one of his superiors. Much of the 2/8 is stationed in Afghanistan , including their commanding officer, Lt. Col. Kevin Clark. Cary said Clark made it clear what the remaining members of 2/8 should do until their return in October.

 “We were given guidance to continue doing things like this,” said Cary . “We’re always happy to help. We really hope the kids will enjoy the work we’ve put into this.”

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