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Students help spruce up SAFFT house
Christie Carpenter, left, and Grace Byant clean out a closet at the SAFFT Family Visitation Center. - photo by Crystal Ledford

About a dozen eighth-grade girls spent Friday morning organizing, dusting, sweeping and mopping at the Support Adoption and Foster Families Together, or SAFFT, Family Visitation Center on Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

The center provides a safe location for families of children under the care of the Department of Family and Children Services or the Juvenile Court system to visit with them.

Micah Walsh, a U.S. history teacher at King’s Ridge Christian School in Alpharetta, near the Forsyth County line, said the morning service project was part of a community outreach program all middle school students take part in prior to a new school year.

“It’s a good way to kick off the beginning,” she said.

While Forsyth County students headed back to the classroom on Thursday, Fulton County public and many private school students, like those at King’s Ridge, won’t return to class until Monday.

Each year, the middle schoolers fan out among charitable organizations in north Fulton and Forsyth for the day of service.

On Friday, about 50 of the students visited SAFFT, Chestnut Ridge Nursing Home and the Humane Society of Forsyth County Thrift Store and no-kill shelter in Forsyth.