TIFTON - Cub Scout Pack 366, based in Tifton at First United Methodist Church, won a Newspaper Award from the organizers of Make a Difference Day for helping with yard work at local nursing homes.

On Make A Difference Day, Oct. 26, 2002, the scouts and their parents filled birdfeeders at Beverly Health Care and then planted bulbs and put up bird houses at the Carousel House and Tift Health Care.

"The elderly residents watched eagerly as our Cub Scouts and families filled the 50 bird feeders that sit outside each of the windows (at Beverly Health Care)," pack leader Gary Burtle wrote in the application.

"Before we left, birds had already begun arriving to feast and entertain the residents."

The pack worked on the bird houses at meetings before Make A Difference Day, earning credits for skills requirements. Azalea Garden Club and Manaugh's Nursery donated bulbs and plants.

"This project was good for the kids because we were finished by noon, and that's about all this age group can deal with," Burtle said. "The kids enjoyed digging and working, but by about noon time they were ready to go home.

"The planning for the event was also something they could do for credit, and doing something for wildlife - the birds - was another thing they could get credit for."

Nationwide, an estimated 3 million people participated in Make A Difference Day. Other area groups carrying out projects included Abraham Baldwin College's Circle K Club and East Central Technical School.

Pack 366 was listed as one of the Georgia winners in last weekend's USA Weekend magazine insert. Nationwide, the magazine gave 529 newspaper awards, with the 10 top organizations receiving a $10,000 charitable donation from Paul Newman and Newman's Own.

To contact city editor Florence Rankin, call 382-4321, ext. 209.

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