TROUTMAN – Troutman teen Justin Safin built a swing at Barium Springs’ Family & Child Development Center as part of a school community service project.

Safin, who attends Collaborative College Technology & Leadership, spent more than $250 of his money and gave up several weekends to complete the project.

Lowe’s helped support Safin’s project by giving him 50 percent off of supplies and helping him with concept and design of the swing.

“It was great to see Justin come to us with a project in mind and leave with a better understanding of our mission and what we do at Barium Springs,” said Jill Gibson, regional development manager of Barium Springs. “It’s inspiring seeing teens have a passion for helping those in need and awesome that the schools encourage them to make a difference.”

Barium Springs provides early childhood development for low-income families, a therapeutic place to live for abused or neglected children and foster family programs. Its daycare center serves 73 children.