When the Pioneer Club partnered with Historic Rock Hill this spring to help clean up the grounds of the White Home, volunteers noticed that the home had several picnic tables that were badly damaged. Lindsay Stuber, program director for Historic Rock Hill, also told Pioneer Club volunteers that she had already had to dispose of several picnic tables because they were in too poor of a condition to repair.
Not only were the damaged picnic tables detracting from the classic beauty of the White Home’s grounds, but Historic Rock Hill also relies on that outdoor space for venue rentals, weddings, and their own events, like their annual Oyster Roast fundraiser. With the picnic tables in such bad condition, Historic Rock Hill was having to spend extra money to provide seating for guests. The group operates on a very tight budget and the extra cost was only adding to their troubles.
That’s when the club decided to repair and replace the picnic tables at the White Home. This created a perfect opportunity for the Pioneer Kids Club to get involved with the community service project. It also allowed them a chance to enjoy one of Rock Hill’s oldest homes and to learn about the home’s history. The project was coordinated by past Pioneer Club president, Melinda Niday.
Seven members of the Pioneers Kids Club and their parents tackled the project in November. In one Saturday, the group was able to restore and paint 8 picnic tables. This was the third project of 2016 where the Pioneers were able to work with Historic Rock Hill to help improve the White Home.