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Many hands make light work

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By Vickie Lee

When I was a little girl my grandmother said, “Many hands make light work.” At the time I didn’t care for the phrase because it meant chores had to be done. My grandmother believed in equal opportunity when it came to work, and that meant all hands on deck.

As time passed and I became a parent, I would find myself “encouraging” my children to help with chores saying, “Many hands make light work.” I am sure they disliked it as much as I did as a child. I sincerely hope my grandchildren are becoming acquainted with the saying and will pass it along to their children. I feel so strongly about this particular proverb because as time has passed, I understand more clearly the truth in it.

On Jan. 18, our country celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For some that means a vacation day and a break from the daily grind. For others it’s a day to meet the MLK challenge of “Make it a day ON … Not a day off!” This commemoration keeps Dr. King’s legacy of service to others alive in communities across the country. Last Monday, Clemson University had 78 students, staff and advisors meet this challenge as they served in various capacities at Tamassee DAR School. On this day I was once again reminded of the phrase I learned as a young girl. I witnessed it as 78 young people and their advisors branched out all across the Tamassee DAR School campus for a day of service.

To say that what they accomplished in four short hours was miraculous would be an understatement. They packed and stored Christmas decorations, moved heavy shelves for the Thrift Store, helped in the Day Care area, served in the dining hall, cleaned buildings and helped load debris to be removed from campus. I noticed as they worked, they had smiles on their faces. During lunch they interacted with our students and made them feel special. I’m not sure those college students understood it at the time, but they were modeling to the Tamassee students that it is a good thing to give back to the community. Just as my wise grandmother taught me many years ago, “Many hands make light work.”

Vickie Lee is the Annual Giving Director at Tamassee DAR School.