Watching a news report this morning, I saw a story of a 68 year old woman who is on a personal quest to raise one million dollars in charity walk-a-thons. So far she’s raised some $600,000 walking a total of 3,000 miles for Breast Cancer alone. She said she’s no fitness nut, as a matter of fact, she didn’t start walking until she was 60, and she said it’s not a matter of whether someone “can” or “can’t” — it’s whether they “will” or “won’t.” As stewards of this Kent community, we face challenges every day — the question is are we keeping the Kent legacy alive for the next generation to enjoy? Is it because we “can’t” or “won’t” ? Here’s a few giraffe’s that are.
If you’re not a 4th grader in Kent, or don’t have one in your family, I’ll let you in on their secret: Giraffe’s are what you call people that “stick their necks out” to do good things, even at the risk of being mocked or criticized.
I know a bunch of 8 year olds that want to take their turn at being a part of Kent’s future. Kent’s fourth graders, across the Kent School District, have been preparing presentations on creative ways to revitalize the downtown Kent area.
The culminating activity will take place on Monday, January 29 at the Kent Stage from 9:30a – 11:30a.m. The mayor, city council members, and other distinguished guests have been invited to view students’ displays and hear their ideas.
They have three main themes: (1) restoring the old hotel, (2) restoring the old clock by the gazebo, and (3) having more family-oriented activities in the downtown area.
This revitalization project is part of their everyday hero, Giraffe Project theme, where students “stick out their necks” to make a difference in the community. It also promotes volunteerism among the students.
I can’t wait to see what our local flock of giraffe’s come up with. I’ll keep you posted.