Rodney Smith is building class by cutting grass.
The Bermuda native, a graduate student at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama, is providing a great service to the elderly, disabled, single mothers, military veterans, and young people. He is traveling the country to mow fifty lawns in all fifty states.
His passion developed in 2015, when he began cutting grass for the elderly, disabled, single mothers, and veterans in Huntsville. What started as a personal challenge to cut a hundred lawns has become a national feel-good story.
The Raising Men Lawn Care Service foundation aims to inspire young men and boys (as well as young women and girls) to choose a positive path for their lives as they learn their value in society. Young people learn valuable skills and the joys of giving back, without receiving any monetary benefit, while being mentored by an older adult who encourages them to stay in school and make good life choices.
Young people are encouraged to participate in the Fifty-Yard Challenge, in which young people mow fifty lawns for free for the elderly, disabled, single mothers, and veterans. The young people earn new T-shirts for every ten yards they cut. When someone reaches fifty lawns, that person earns a brand-new lawn mower.
Smith was in the U.S. Northeast in late May and scheduled to be heading back toward the South in June, including a trip to Montgomery, Alabama.
For more information, visit www.50states50lawns.com.