To the editor:
In late April, Aimee Glen, representing the 4-H group the Bar Shoe Wranglers, asked if they could help the village prepare Allensworth Curry Park in time for the dedication of the new Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day. Just like any small village, we welcome any help available to help improve our community.
Aimee and her group of young men and women took on the task of re-painting the park benches, the gazebo and two adjoining bridges bordering the property. They worked all day in the hot sun and seemed to delight in helping each other get their job done. When they were done, it was amazing how nice the park looked because of their work.
Later that summer, the Girl Scouts of America led by Jackie and Jerry Beadnell, asked if they could help the village. They decided to work on Rodgers Park.
These young ladies started with the picnic area by painting the tables and finished by renovating two restrooms by repainting and refinishing the floors. It took four weekends of work to accomplish this work, and the end result was absolutely fabulous.
How wonderful it was to see these young men and women working unselfishly to improve their community.
These children are a tribute to their parents, their leaders and this great country.
I hope that we, the citizens, will continue to support these young men and women in their schools and groups they represent.
It seems sometimes all we hear is the negative side of our young people and how they are involved in gangs, crime or drugs, but positive things are happening in our communities every day thanks to our children.
I want to thank these young men and women for working on these projects and improving our community.
I am looking forward to the day when you young men and women become workers and leaders in the community. The future looks very bright for America because of efforts like yours.