Officials welcome more than 180 volunteers
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge officials formally welcomed more than 150 World Changer students to the city.
The World Changers are teenage students who travel throughout the country devoting their time to serve and help areas.
They are in Baton Rouge until Friday to help make minor repairs by painting and doing carpentry work on more than 30 homes in the area.
Fire officials said they plan to add and fix smoke detectors this summer.
Mayor "Kip" Holden said Baton Rouge is a city with many devastated areas and hopes their services will encourage others in the community this summer.
"When you get young people who come from all over the United States and volunteer their time to make sure this happens is something very special, but it also put a spark in others in the community," said Mayor Holden. "It's time for you to try to do your best to get your house in order as well."
The World Changers, who come from 12 different church bodies throughout the nation, are in their 23rd summer of operation.