The teens, who recently graduated from McEachern and Pebblebrook high schools, have racked up hundreds of hours working at the center through the county’s CobbWorks internship program, according to Leslie Walker, the center’s recreation manager.
“When they get paid, they only spend part of their money, so they’re learning how to budget and make sure they have enough to get their stuff for school,” Walker said.
The event is at 1 p.m. today and is meant to thank the teens for their work. The community is being encouraged to donate items first-year college students need while living away from home, such as shower shoes, school supplies, sheets and blankets.
Items can be dropped off at the center, which is at 875 Six Flags Drive in Austell.
While he didn’t want to describe the teens as disadvantaged, Walker said they could use all the help they can get to succeed.
Each of the students are attending Georgia schools on scholarships, Walker said.