Springhill Memorial Gardens volunteers receive state award

GIVEawardNWPictured: The volunteers of Springhill Memorial Gardens in Hernando were recognized by Volunteer Mississippi at the Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) award ceremony, held at the Mississippi Museum of Art on April 14. The group was awarded the Outstanding Community Collaborative Initiative for their efforts to renovate and refurbish DeSoto County’s oldest cemetery. Over the years, the volunteers, many of whom are Northwest Mississippi Community College alumni and instructors, have mapped, cleaned and repaired headstones and monuments, decorated for holidays, planted trees to halt erosion and flowers to brighten the cemetery. Students in Northwest’s Welding and Cutting program built an ironwork sign, and drafting students recently designed a bike rack for visitors. Pictured l-r, Bill Winters, Mason; Sandy Noble, DeSoto Civic Garden Club; Rubye Ferguson Walton; Brian Hicks, DeSoto County Museum and board member; Andrea Michael, board member; Tom Ferguson, Jr. president; Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant, alumna Mary Evelyn Starr, archeologist and Northwest instructors Rodney Steele, welding; Tommy Watson, civil engineering technology and Bud Donahou, biology. (Photo submitted) 

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