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Teens tackle boredom and help community by mowing yards for free

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It’s a common complaint in the summer time: boredom.

While out of school, many kids struggle to entertain themselves during the summer months.

However, a group of teens in Kentucky decided they would fight off boredom with a little hard work and sweat.

What started out as punishment turned into a passion for Travis Durham.

When his mother told him to go mow yards in the neighborhood for free, Durham took the challenge and ran with it.

He soon asked his brothers and cousin to help him.

In two months, they have cut more yards than they could count in several different communities.

“We’re doing it for the community, for people who can’t get out and do it,” Durham said. “And I got my brothers involved because I kind of showed them and told them the good effects.”

However, they have hit a few speedbumps along the way.

“Because they’re young black males, people are a little afraid to open their door,” Barbara Wilson, Durham’s mother, told WDRB. “They just shut the door, ‘no, thank you.’ They don’t even give them a chance to tell them, ‘it’s free. We want to stay out of trouble, we just want to take care of our community.”

The boys are not accepting money, but they are accepting donations of equipment or donations to a GoFundMe account to pay for gas and equipment items.

Wilson says she has been so inspired by their hard work that she is planning to take all of them to Disney World next summer.