Rodney A. Smith, Jr., a recent graduate from Alabama A&M, is taking on a task so large it quite literally spans the entire country.
At first, the "goal was just to cut 40 lawns in a month and a half," Rodney Smith says. This idea quickly grew into Raising Men Lawn Care Service, a company dedicated to inspiring youth to stay "on a positive path while learning and understanding their value in society."
Ths mission? "Teach boys and young men the values of hard work and helping their community," Smith says. Raising Men Lawn Care Service teaches these values by providing free lawn care for the elderly, disabled, single moms, and veterans.
On his website 50States50Lawns, Rodney A. Smith Jr. says, "in addition to going to each state mowing lawns," he has three main goals:
- Teach kids about lawn mower safety.
- Talk to kids about the importance community service.
- Encourage kids to take up the 50-yard challenge.
The Challenge is to cut 50 lawns FREE for the elderly, disabled, single mothers, and the veterans in your town.
It's a program that gets these youth involved in giving back, earning praise, and also an assortment of colored shirts as they achieve a certain number of lawns cut. The lawn care service will even send you some "shades & ear protection" to get you started off right. And get this - for every 10 lawns cut, you're leveled up with a brand new colored t-shirt!
"I believe it is critical that kids get involved with doing community service and move away from playing video games and staying inside the house all the time." Along is trip to all 50 states, Smith plans to make stops everywhere necessary to encourage the already 60+ kids who have taken the 50-yard challenge.
Smith also provides updates via Twitter on the challenge and where he's currently at in the country:
Check out his next stops on his quest to cut 50 lawns in 50 states:
Why is he doing this? Smith says, "I'm just a man on a mission by God."
If you or someone you know is elderly, disabled, a single mom, or a veteran, and could use Smith's service, click here.
"Follow my footsteps, be better than me, and give back." - Rodney A. Smith Jr.