JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - On a warm and sunny Saturday, shovels and rakes are hard at work, and heavy machinery is humming at the Sykes Road Boys and Girls Club. The children are eager, and optimism abounds.
No one has forgotten what happened here in December. 8-year-old Sanaa Hill was doing her homework inside the club when a stray bullet from a high-powered rifle outside hit her in the head. Hill has made a miraculous recovery, and was back in school one month later.
That spirit of renewal and recovery is what prompted two Sunday school classes from Brandon's Grace Baptist Church to come out and give the grounds a facelift.
"Planting flowers, putting out mulch, trying to improve the outside appearance of the Boys and Girls Club here," says church member Jerry Beasley.
Before, the flower beds looked worn and in need of some tender loving care. Now they're brightened with flowers and red mulch, provided by the church members themselves.
The children's favorite new addition is the bed of gravel over the mud and old wooden boards leading to the play area.
"It's a good change, keep other people from getting hurt," says 4th grader Devyon Dampeer.
"It was slippery, where there was dirt it was slippery. But now we have rocks," says 3rd grader Kameron Larry.
No arrests have yet been made in the shooting.
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