Community Gem: Nine-year-old boy mows lawns to give back to community

Adian Harris, 9, mows a lawn over the summer as part of a challenge he took on to mow 50 lawns for the elderly, disabled, single parents or veterans. Courtesy of Ron Robert.
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Adian Harris, 9, mows a lawn over the summer as part of a challenge he took on to mow 50 lawns for the elderly, disabled, single parents or veterans. Courtesy of Ron Robert.

A 9-year-old West Alexandria boy mowed lawns all summer for people in his community who are elderly, disabled, single parents and veterans.

Adian Harris mowed 50 laws as part of a challenge called Raising Men & Women Lawn Care Service, a nonprofit based out of Alabama that challenges kids to mow lawns for people who don’t have the time, money or health to take care of their own lawns.

Harris was recognized as a Dayton Daily News Community Gem for his work since he finished the challenge recently.

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Harris’s dad, Ron Robert, says Harris has mowed lawns since he was 7 years old, and enjoys it. When Robert saw a post on Facebook advertising the challenge, he suggested it to Harris, who jumped on it.

Adian Harris, right, a nine-year-old West Alexandria boy, mowed lawns all summer as part of a challenge to mow 50 lawns for the elderly, disabled, single parents or veterans. Pictured with Harris is Marti Eley-Paul of Lewisberg, one of the people whose lawns he mowed. COURTESY OF RON ROBERT
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Adian Harris, right, a nine-year-old West Alexandria boy, mowed lawns all summer as part of a challenge to mow 50 lawns for the elderly, disabled, single parents or veterans. Pictured with Harris is Marti Eley-Paul of Lewisberg, one of the people whose lawns he mowed. COURTESY OF RON ROBERT

“I know he loves to mow yards, and it gives him a purpose, and gives him something to do this summer,” Robert said.

Robert said he and Harris reached out to people in their community. Harris’s grandmother was able to get them some customers, Robert said.

Robert said having to talk to people to get photos for the challenge also helped Harris become more personable.

Robert said Harris wants to start his own lawn mowing service and some of his customers from this summer have already said they wanted Harris to come back and to pay him.

Robert said, though, he planned to suggest to his son that he give the people whose lawns he mows every tenth mowing free, to continue to give back to the community. Robert said he planned to suggest to Harris he continue to do these challenges to give back to the community.

“It was a way for me to teach him about being a man and doing some community service,” Robert said.