The Aiken High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps recently saved the Aiken Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals more than $6,000 in labor costs.
Tony Negron, the commander of the unit, discovered while adopting a dog that the agency needed assistance painting its building.
"The SCPA is probably in my mind one of the most worthy organizations because they're helping the helpless in these dogs and cats that they have," Mr. Negron said.
Kristina Stoner, the shelter manager, said the students did more than paint walls.
"They helped us spray out kennels, they were washing dishes - they've just jumped in and said, 'What else do you guys need?'" Ms. Stoner said. "We definitely have some pretty unglamorous jobs that we do on a daily basis. It's nice to have the additional help."
She said the freshly painted walls are a welcome sight.
"People are going to walk in (and) get that first impression - that warm, fun color and say, 'Wow, this is a nice place,'" she said.
Mike Moffat, a junior and the unit's operations officer, said the students have donated more than 2,500 service hours in the community this school year.
Ms. Stoner said the agency is grateful to the area businesses that made donations of paint, supplies and other items.
"Most people are always complaining about the youth of America," Mr. Negron said. "We're showing that the youth of America do care - they're certainly willing to give back to the community."
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